Saturday, 19 October 2019

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Mamenchisaurus From China



A fantastic dinosaur mini-sheet from 2017, depicting a mamenchisaurus, a species of dinosaur first discovered in 1952 in Sichuan, China.
And that would be my 200th post :)

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Diamonds From Russia


The series Diamonds Fund of the Russian Federation issued in 2017. The first image is of the Orlov Diamond, which was incrusted into the Imperial Sceptre of the Russian Empress Catherine the Great in 1774. 

Canadian Arctic


4 from the set of 5 stamps issued in 1995. I haven't been very active with swapping lately, I have done two rounds (groups in 'round robin') last year. This year's Europa stamps with the birds theme promises to be a swap incentive..!

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Inaccessible Island Rail


There are literally millions of stamps in this world to collect, one is bound to choose favourite topics to narrow down the search - one of my topics are the animals, especially the endemic and/or endangered species (these two often overlap). The Inaccessible Island Rail (Atlantisia Rogersi) is a small bird of the rail family, the only species in its genus; endemic to Innaccessible Island (an extinct volcano not even 13 square km in size) in the Tristan Archipelago in the isolated South Atlantic, notable for being the smallest extant flightless bird in the world. Its conservation status is Vulnerable.

This is my somewhat belated entry for Sunday Stamps - letter I. There are some amazing entries that you can find following this link.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Fong Soi Mini-Sheet, Macau


Here a mini-sheet issued in 1997 while Macau was still a Portuguese territory, from a series of commemorative stamps dedicated to Chinese Geomancy, more commonly known as Feng Shui. As wikipedia would tell you Feng Shui is a pseudoscience originating from China, though I am sure many other descriptions can be used, depending on the converser. It is based on using energy forces to harmonise individuals with their surrounding environment.
In my attempt to better my German I am currently translating a Feng Shui book from German to Croatian, as it has long been my wish to learn more about this ancient practice (earliest mention is around 4000 B.C.). I would be curious to know if anyone here has any experience, or is equally intrigued by it? Perhaps someone else might know what the symbols on the sheet mean...
This is my entry for F-letter Sunday Stamps, you can explore more entries here.