Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Uranus and Neptune

I received this nice postcard with views of two planets:  Uranus and Neptune.

Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun. It has the third-largest planetary radius and fourth-largest planetary mass in the Solar System. Uranus is similar in composition to Neptune, and both have different bulk chemical composition from that of the larger gas giants Jupiter and Saturn. For this reason, scientists often classify Uranus and Neptune as "ice giants" to distinguish them from the gas giants.  It is the coldest planetary atmosphere in the Solar System, with a minimum temperature of −224 °C. The interior of Uranus is mainly composed of ices and rock.

Neptune is the eighth and farthest known planet from the Sun in the Solar System. In the Solar System, it is the fourth-largest planet by diameter, the third-most-massive planet, and the densest giant planet. Neptune is 17 times the mass of Earth and is slightly more massive than its near-twin Uranus, which is 15 times the mass of Earth and slightly larger than Neptune. Neptune orbits the Sun once every 164.8 years at an average distance of 30.1 astronomical units (4.50×109 km).

Marianne, issued on 15.07.2013.
Joint issue with Republic of Korea, issued on 06.06.2016.

Thank you Alexia!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Serbia: Fauna 2017 Protected Animal Species - Owls

This years theme is owls: Athene noctua, Tyto alba, Asio otus and Otus scops.

The little owl (Athene noctua) is a bird that inhabits much of the temperate and warmer parts of Europe, Asia east to Korea, and north Africa.A. noctua has an extremely large range. It has been estimated that there are between 560 thousand and 1.3 million breeding pairs in Europe, and as Europe equates to 25 to 49% of the global range, the world population may be between five million and fifteen million birds.

 The barn owl (Tyto alba) is the most widely distributed species of owl and one of the most widespread of all birds. It is also referred to as the common barn owl, to distinguish it from other species in its family, Tytonidae, which forms one of the two main lineages of living owls, the other being the typical owls (Strigidae). The barn owl is found almost everywhere in the world except polar and desert regions, Asia north of the Himalayas, most of Indonesia, and some Pacific islands.

The long-eared owl (Asio otus, previously Strix otus) is a species of owl which breeds in Europe, Asia, and North America. This species is a part of the larger grouping of owls known as typical owls, family Strigidae, which contains most species of owl. The long-eared owl hunts over open country by night. It is very long winged, like the similar short-eared owl, and glides slowly on stiff wings when hunting. Its food is mainly rodents, small mammals, and birds.

The Eurasian scops owl (Otus scops), also known as the European scops owl or just scops owl, is a small owl. This bird breeds in southern Europe eastwards into western and central Asia. It is migratory, wintering in southernmost Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. It is rare any distance north of its breeding range, usually occurring as a spring overshoot. It is unlikely that this nocturnal owl would be found outside the breeding season when it is not calling. It breeds in open woodland, parks and gardens. It lays 3-6 eggs in a tree hole.

Serbia: 25th Anniversary of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC)

New issue by Serbian Post, dedicated to 25th Anniversary of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC). The Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) came into existence as  a unique and promising model of multilateral political and economic initiative with the signing of the Istanbul Summit Declaration and the Bosphorus Statement by the Heads of State and Government of the countries in the region, on 25 June 1992.

Today BSEC serves as a forum for cooperation in a wide range of areas for its 12 Member States: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.

• BSEC covers a geography encompassing the territories of the Black Sea littoral States, the Balkans and the Caucasus with an area of nearly 20 million square kilometers. The BSEC region is located on two continents;

• BSEC represents a region of 335 million people, reaching an intra-BSEC trade volume of USD 187 billion annually;

• After the Persian Gulf region, it is the second-largest source of oil and natural gas along with its rich proven reserves of minerals, metals and other natural resources;

• It is becoming Europe's major transport and energy transfer corridor.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Nigeria: Lagos Easter Carnival

Carnival is a festive season that occurs immediately before Lent (the last celebration before lent); the main events are usually during February. Carnival typically involves a public celebration or parade combining some elements of a circus, mask and public street party. People often dress up or masquerade during the celebrations, which mark an overturning of daily life. Carnival  was brought to Lagos Island by Brazilians who settled around Campos area in Lagos State and on Lagos Island.

Stamps are definitives protected with holograms:
Lander Brothers Anchorage, issued on 01.02.2011.
Argungu Fishing Festival, issued on 09.10.2010.

Thank you Taouvik!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Postcard from Benin

Republic of Benin and formerly Dahomey, is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Togo to the west, Nigeria to the east, and Burkina Faso and Niger to the north. The majority of its population lives on the small southern coastline of the Bight of Benin, part of the Gulf of Guinea in the northernmost tropical portion of the Atlantic Ocean. The capital of Benin is Porto-Novo, but the seat of government is in Cotonou, the country's largest city and economic capital. Benin is a tropical nation, highly dependent on agriculture.

Stamp is Coat of Arms, issued on 01.01.2008.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Postcard from Mali

Mali is a landlocked country in West Africa. Mali is the eighth-largest country in Africa, with an area of just over 1,240,000 square kilometers. The population of Mali is 14.5 million. Its capital is Bamako. Present-day Mali was once part of three West African empires that controlled trans-Saharan trade: the Ghana Empire, the Mali Empire (for which Mali is named), and the Songhai Empire.  In the late 19th century, during the Scramble for Africa, France seized control of Mali, making it a part of French Sudan. French Sudan joined with Senegal in 1959, achieving independence in 1960 as the Mali Federation. Shortly thereafter, following Senegal's withdrawal from the federation, the Sudanese Republic declared itself the independent Republic of Mali.

This stamps are from set of five stamps Serval (Leptailurus serval). All stamps are same, only denominations are different. Issue date is 11.01.2014.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Map postcard from Bonaire

Bonaire is an island in the Leeward Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. Together with Aruba and Curaçao, it forms the group known as the ABC islands, located less than a hundred miles off the north coast of South America near the western part of Venezuela. Bonaire was part of the Netherlands Antilles until the country's dissolution in 2010, when the island became a special municipality within the country of the Netherlands.

This is definitive stamp with logo of local post operator FXDC issued on 10.10.2014.

Thank you Arnold!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Serbia: 100th Anniversary of Toplica Uprising

New Serbian stamp dedicated to 100th Anniversary of Toplica Uprising comes tomorrow! The Toplica Uprising was a Serb rebellion in 1917 carried out by Serbian guerrilla in the Toplica District against the Bulgarian occupation force in the eastern part of the Kingdom of Serbia, occupied since October 1915. The rebellion lasted from 21 February to 25 March 1917. The rebellion included the areas of Toplica, Jablanica, Jastrebac, eastern and central parts of Kopaonik.

On March 12, the Bulgarian counter-attack started under the command of Alexander Protogerov involving IMRO forces led by Tane Nikolov. Bulgarian and Austro-Hungarian authorities worked together. IMRO commander and Bulgarian officer Todor Aleksandrov orchestrated the most violent actions committed by Bulgarian paramilitary. After several days of fighting, the Bulgarians entered Prokuplje on 14 March and the Austro-Hungarians entered Kuršumlija on 16 March. As of 25 March, the order there was fully restored. In the battles, several thousand people were killed, including civilians. In April 1917, Pećanac with his guerrillas, attacked a railway station. On May 15, Pećanac entered the old Bulgarian border and invaded Bosilegrad, which was burned. Then his band withdrew to Kosovo, controlled then by the Austro-Hungarians. The Allies opened a new front at Salonika in June but the Serbian Army was unable to break through the Bulgarian lines. After reemerging again for a short time, in September – October 1917 Pećanac again disappeared. In October 1917 the Austro-Hungarian command created entirely Albanian paramilitary detachments to capture the rest of the Serbian rebels into the mountains and in December 1917, Kosta Vojinović was killed.

The uprising is a notable event in the history of Serbia in World War I. It was the only rebellion in the territories occupied by the armies of the Central Powers.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Chile: Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine National Park is a national park encompassing mountains, glaciers, lakes, and rivers in southern Chilean Patagonia. The Cordillera del Paine is the centerpiece of the park. It lies in a transition area between the Magellanic subpolar forests and the Patagonian Steppes. The park is located 112 km north of Puerto Natales and 312 km north of Punta Arenas. Paine means "blue" in the native Tehuelche (Aonikenk) language and is pronounced PIE-nay.

This interesting stamp is from set The 3rd Anniversary of the Rescue of 33 Miners at the San José Mine, issued on 30.10.2013.

Thank you Fernando!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Easter Island - Rapa Nui

Easter Island or Rapa Nui is a Chilean island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle. Easter Island is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapa Nui people. In 1995, UNESCO named Easter Island a World Heritage Site, with much of the island protected within Rapa Nui National Park. On this postcard you can see woman in Rapa Nui costume during Tapati festival.

Stamps are from set of eight stamps Valparaiso - World Heritage, issued on 12.07.2010.

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