19 February 2017

Sunday Stampos II - 114

1973, China, Giant Panda

Pandas are native to south central China, primarily in Sichuan province. It is thought that there are fewer than 2,000 living in the wild. Although it's classified as a carnivore and could eat rodents, fish, eggs or insects if it wanted to, giant pandas prefer to eat only bamboo. And they can eat up to 28lbs (12kg) of it in a 12 hour period. They are solitary creatures and their only social encounter is during the very brief mating season. The father has no family ties, leaving the mother to raise her cub alone. A baby panda weighs only 3 or 4 ounces when born which is about 1/800th of its mother's weight. By age one, the cub will weigh around 100lbs (45kgs)
 
for Eastern Hemisphere

12 February 2017

Sunday Stamps II - 113

1984, St Lucia
Green Iguana

The Common Green Iguana, or iguana iguana (not sure why this stamp has it as Iguana iguana iguana) is native to Central and South America and parts of the Caribbean. In spite of its name, they can be found in many other colours from blue to black, lavender or pink. The ones in St Lucia are unique to other iguanas in that they are light green with predominant black stripes, have white or cream coloured irises instead of yellow, and have a black, not orange, dewlap. The females also lay only around 25 eggs whereas other iguanas lay around 50 or more.

for Western Hemisphere

04 February 2017

Sunday Stamps II - 112

1968, Rwanda
African National Costumes

Rwanda is a land locked country in the Great Lakes region of Central Eastern Africa and is in the southern and eastern hemisphere. Around 10 million people live there. These stamps from 1968 celebrate some of the national costumes. A mushanana is a traditional ceremonial dress for women and consists of a long, flowing skirt bunched at the hips and draped over one shoulder. Although it used to be worn for everyday wear, it is now more commonly seen on formal occasions such as weddings and funerals.

for the southern hemisphere


29 January 2017

Sunday Stamps II - 111

1992 Canada in Space
The Anik E2 telecommunications satellite was launched in 1991 and retired in 2005.  The first Anik was launched in 1972 as the first geostationary communications satellites in the world. The name means little brother in Inuktitut. The stamp design shows earth form space and a remote sensing photograph of an are near Quebec City.

for outer space

For the month of February, I thought we'd take a trip to the four corners of the world. 
Any stamp theme from any country that is located in that week's hemisphere.

28 January 2017

Year of the Rooster

January 9th, 2017, Canada
prepaid postcard of domestic rate stamp

The Chinese Year of the Fire Rooster begins on January 28th, 2017.  Rooster (or cock, or chicken) is the only bird among the 12 zodiac symbols.

for Postcards for the Weekend

22 January 2017

Sunday Stamps II - 110

Jan 25, 1996 Great Britain for Bicentenary of Rabbie Burns
calligraphy by Peter Horridge
illustration by Graham Evernden

A Red, Red Rose is an amalgam of several traditional ballads that Burns reworked describing a love that is both fresh and long lasting. To this day it remains as a testament to the pain of a lover's parting. This set of four stamps commemorating the Immortal Bard was issued on his birthday on the 200th anniversary year of his death. The others in the series each have a line of verse in different calligraphy with an accompanying illustration.

O my Luve's like a red, red rose
That's newly sprung in June
My luve's like  melodie
That's sweetly play'd in tune

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,

O deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear
Till all the seas gang dry.

Till all the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rock melt wi' the sun;
And I will luve thee still, my dear
While the sands o' life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only Luve!
And fare thee weel, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho' 'twere ten thousand mile.

for books/authors

For the month of February, I thought we'd take a trip to the four corners of the world. 
Any stamp theme from any country that is located in that week's hemisphere.

21 January 2017

Aloha

c 1950s postcard folder
Sunset on Diamond Head

Diamond Head is on the island of Oahu, near Waikiki

for sunrise/sunset at Postcards for the Weekend