Monday, 17 September 2018

Land of Frankincense,Oman.

The frankincense trees of Wadi Dawkah and the remains of the caravan oasis of Shisr/Wubar and the affiliated ports of Khor Rori and Al-Baleed vividly illustrate the trade in frankincense that flourished in this region for many centuries, as one of the most important trading activities of the ancient and medieval world. 
 Wadi Dawkah is a major place where the frankincense tree (boswellia sacra) can still be found and frankincense is harvested to this day. The wadi seasonally drains the north-south mountains disappearing into the desert of the ´Empty Quarter´, the Rub al Khali. The trees grow in the alluvial bed of the wadi under the extreme heat of this region.
Date of Inscription: 2000
Ref: 1010 (Unesco.Org)
Thank you Marina for this fascinating heritage site card.
1973 Stamp- National Day

Postcard from USA.

Thank you Julietta for the nice card and stamp.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Joggins Fossil Cliffs.Canada.

The Joggins Fossil Cliffs, a  palaeontological site along the coast of Nova Scotia (eastern Canada), have been described as the “coal age Gal├ípagos” due to their wealth of fossils from the Carboniferous period (354 to 290 million years ago). The rocks of this site are considered to be iconic for this period of the history of Earth and are the world’s thickest and most comprehensive record of the Pennsylvanian strata (dating back 318 to 303 million years) with the most complete known fossil record of terrestrial life from that time. These include the remains and tracks of very early animals and the rainforest in which they lived, left in situ, intact and undisturbed. With its 14.7 km of sea cliffs, low bluffs, rock platforms and beach, the site groups remains of three ecosystems: estuarine bay, floodplain rainforest and fire prone forested alluvial plain with freshwater pools. It offers the richest assemblage known of the fossil life in these three ecosystems with 96 genera and 148 species of fossils and 20 footprint groups. The site is listed as containing outstanding examples representing major stages in the history of Earth.
Date of Inscription: 2008
Ref: 1285 (Unesco.Org)
Received this beautiful pre paid site card from Johnson with thanks.

Postcard from New Zealand.

“Blue books” of New Zealand ferns was  produced by Herbert Dobbie (13 February 1852–8 August 1940)  in the late nineteenth century.  They were made by a process akin to blueprinting, described by Dobbie himself as “a simple form of photography or nature printing”.  A fern specimen was placed on chemically treated paper, which was then exposed to light for a set period of time.  The paper was then washed in water which caused the exposed paper to turn blue while the paper under the fern remained white.
Thank you Nicky for this  fascinating card and nice stamp.,
2018 Stamp--An iconic view of Mauao and Mount Maunganui .

Postcard from Russia.

Fine arts of Tatarstan in Russia- World-famous painters such as I.Shishkin, N.Feshin, B.Urmanche lived and created their works on this land.The image on the card is Oil on cardboard by Shishkin and his works are notable for poetic depiction of seasons in the woods, wild nature, animals and birds.
Received this beautiful card with nice sasmps from Svetlana with thanks.
2003 Stamp- Gifts of Nature-Melon
2018 Stamp- Flowers - Joint Issue with Japan
2007 Stamp- The International Polar Year 2007-2008----The margin of the M/s of stamp affixed seperately is  also cancelled.

Postcard from Australia.

The scarlet banksia grows as an erect shrub or small tree, generally around 2–4 metres  tall, with little lateral spread.The trunk is generally single at the base before branching, and covered with smooth grey bark  Peaking in the summer months ,the pinkish-brown new growth is densely hairy.  Widely considered one of the most attractive Banksia species, B. coccinea is a popular garden plant and one of the most important Banksia species for the cut flower industry in Australia, South Africa, Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Israel
Thank you Karen for the beautiful MAXI-CARD.
2018 Stamp- Flora - Banksias

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Postcard from China.

Wuyuan, on the boundary of three provinces in Jiangxi's northeastern corner, has a landscape dotted with strange caves, deep secluded rocks and numerous historic sites. Wuyuan County is home to some of the best-preserved ancient architecture in China. Wuyuan's structures were built in 740 during the Tang Dynasty, its remoteness and inconvenient transportation protecting its villages from too many visitors
Thank you Chen jia for the scenic card and beautiful stamps.
 2014 Stamp- Bamboo Plant-   (Special Individualized)
2009 Stamp- Winter Universiade - Harbin, China