samedi 3 juin 2017

Jelly fish from Faroe Islands

They look like something that came from foreign galaxies. Strange looking creatures, shaped like an old fashioned parachute as they move in jerks through the water. It is a bit spooky to see them move under the surface - sometimes in such large numbers that it seems like the sea water coagulates with another liquid. But the grandiose appearance disappears when we find them washed up on the shore. Then they remind most of all of a lump of jelly.

The ghostly appearance is no less when looking at the evolutionary history of jellyfish. They occur as fossils dating back to the Cambrian era (between 542-488 million years ago), with tentacles and bodies that are practically identical with today's jellyfish.

Cover with Miniature Sheet Pef Marine Life from Malaysia

The wondrous marine life with its unique and beautiful corals are the ocean treasures that requires protection and care for us and our future generation to enjoy. It is a marine ecosystem chain links with one another and the destruction of one of the chains will destroy the ecosystem. "Our sea, our heritage"

Geopark Araripe 2016 From Brazil

On 21st of November 2016 the Post Authority of Brazil have launched a set of two stamps with fossils of Geopark Araripe. This issue addressing the biological, geological and paleontological importance of this fantastic natural universe of the Brazilian Northeast. Created in 2006, it‘s the first Geopark in the Americas, recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - UNESCO

Dragonfly Fossil: The dragonfly, a symbol of the Museum of Paleontology of URCA,
in Santana do Cariri-CE, is one of the most beautiful and impressive
fossils that compose the collection of this Museum and is a true icon of the Araripe GeoPark and the Brazilian Paleontology.
In the past, at least 120 million years ago, around a large lake, several species of dragonflies were hovering above its waters. The dragonfly fossils of the Crato formation are extremely similar to dragonflies found in Chapada do Araripe. These insects are part of the Odonata Group, which has a life cycle that is closely connected to water bodies and which appeared in the Paleozoic, conserved, until today, with the same general morphological characteristics.

Moth Fossil: The Emperor moth, known scientifically as the Lepidoptera, flew through the air of the region that today is Brazil in the early Cretaceous, mainly during the deposition of plated limestone of the Crato formation. Lepidoptera fossils are extremely rare in these rocks, and the vast majority of fossils are from isolated wings. Thus, this beautiful specimen from the Museum of Paleontology of URCA is unique due to the exceptional preservation of the entire body of the animal, including delicate parts such as the antennas. The most extraordinary aspect of this fossil is the preservation of the color pattern of the wings of the butterfly.

mardi 28 mars 2017

Aerogram from Singapore

Nice aerogram showcasing the cultural diversity of Singapore with Malay, Chinese, Indians and Muslims forming the population.

mardi 7 février 2017

From Egypt

This Egyptian cover includs three stamps, one of them represent the Egyptian queen Nefertari  and the others for Tut ankh amun pharaoh :

Tut ankh amun was an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynastyruled c. 1332–1323 BC.

Nefertari, also known as Nefertari Meritmut, was an Egyptian queen and the first of the Great Royal Wives of Ramesses the Great. Nefertari means “beautiful companion” and Meritmut means “Beloved of [the goddess] Mut”. She is one of the best known Egyptian queens, next to Cleopatra, Nefertiti and Hatshepsut.

mercredi 11 janvier 2017

Raptors from China

1.20 Y  : Eastern Imperial Eagle    Aquila heliaca
1.50 Y : Common Kestrel    Falco tinnunculus
1.50 Y : Northern Goshawk    Accipiter gentilis
1.20 Y : Hen Harrier    Circus cyaneus

Though raptors, also known as birds of prey, occupy the top of the food chain, the wild carnivorous birds are now all under the key protection of the state in China. This stamp set shows four diurnal raptors in Falconiformes, namely Aquila heliaca, Circus cyaneus, Accipiter gentilis, and Falco tinnunculus.
Aquila heliaca is about 75cm long and inhabits mountain forests and places on the edges of forests. It usually stays on trees and preys when opportunities emerge. Circus cyaneus is about 50cm long, and lives on open plains, grasslands and farmlands. The greatest natural enemy of other birds and hares in forests, Accipiter gentilis is about 56cm long and can fly rapidly and flexibly in forests to get preys. Falco tinnunculus is only 33cm long. These small raptors can often be seen in open areas. They are famous for their graceful hovering in the air.
Source: China Post

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