28. ožu 2012.

Croatia - FDC & MC


FDC - Croatian flora. Issued - 15-03-2012.

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1,60 kuna  - CALANTHUS NIVALIS
 
 

3,10 kuna -  PRIMULA VULGARIS


4,60 kuna -  CROCUS VERNUS


Republic of CROATIA

 

6. sij 2012.

Spain - FDC



FDC - stamp: 10 centavos
postmark: BARCELONA / 03 06 1971
Limited edition FDC, N°-000195

Kingdom of SPAIN


Papua New Guinea - FDC


FDC - stamp: 12 toea
postmark: PORT MORESBY / 26.08.1985.

State of PAPUA NEW GUINEA


Spain - FDC



FDC - stamp: 2 pesetas
postmark: BARCELONA / 27.02.1971.

Kingdom of SPAIN


India - FDC



FDC - stamp: 5,00 rupees
postmark: 700001 KOLKATA / 28.07.2011.

Republic of INDIA


30. pro 2011.

Cayman Islands - FDC

 





FDC - stamps: 25 ; 75 cents ; 2 $
postmark: CAYMAN ISLANDS / 16.10.2008.

British colony of CAYMAN Islands


Australia - FDC


 FDC - stamp: 43 cents
postmark: Bribie Island / 17.06.1991

Commonwealth of AUSTRALIA



Malaysia - FDC







FDC - stamps: 60 ; 80 ; 90 sen
postmark: KUALA LUMPUR / 12.12.2011.

Kingdom of MALAYSIA


29. pro 2011.

Papua New Guinea - FDC


 FDC - stamp: 15 toea
postmark: Port Moresby - 11.11.1987

State of  PAPUA NEW GUINEA



Papua New Guinea - FDC


FDC - stamp: 15 toea
postmark: PORT MORESBY / 19.08.1987.

State of PAPUA NEW GUNIEA



Australia - FDC


FDC - stamp 37 cents
postmark- 4507 Bribie Island / 02.09.1987.

Commonwealth of AUSTRALIA


28. pro 2011.

Croatia - Plitvice national park


Croatia

 The stamps have been issued only in booklets of 10 se-tenant stamps (10x 3,50 kuna)
issued: 25.04.2008.

Motif: Great cascades, Plitvice; photo: Romeo Ibrišević Plitvice Lakes National Park The fairytale landscape that abounds in water and vegetation, specific in every season, always pleasing to the human eye and with an invigorating energy for the soul. The original, virginal beauty of the Plitvice Lakes leaves no one indifferent; it seems that it is difficult to describe in words all the natural sights that adorn this unique expanse without at least skipping something. Numerous legends that have been retained to the present days in the memory of the inhabitants describe the area as having fairy-like beauty; the finest among the legends says that once upon a time the lakes emerged owing to the tears shed by the Black Queen that poured because of the drought and trouble that had befallen her people. The tears created the sources of the Black and White River and they in turn created the first in the range of 16 larger and smaller lakes, the Prošćansko Lake, where people gathered to address their entreaties to the Black Queen – the name of the lake is eponymous with the meaning of entreat [prošnja – prošćansko means supplication, entreat]. Flowing and rippling unceasingly for centuries, the Black Queen’s tears rouse admiration but also pensiveness of the inhabitants and the numerous visitors who make pilgrimages to admire this beauty. The waters of the Black and White River and the lakes Prošćansko Jezero, Ciginovac, Okrugljak, Batinovac, Veliko and Malo Jezero, Vir, Galovac, Milino Jezero and Veliki Burget are joined near Kozjak by the small river Riječica and also several mountain brooks. These brooks fill up with water a range of Gornja Jezera [Upper Lakes] and plunge precipitously down the Milanovačka barrier, continuing down the canyon of Donja Jezera [Lower Lakes] via Milanovac, Gavanovac, Kaluđerovac and Novakovića Brod. This clamorous water symphony in its concluding finale, when through the Great Waterfall the water from the brook Plitvice majestically dives down the 78 metres high precipitous cliff, forming the highest waterfall in Croatia, near Sastavci it joins the water of the Plitvice Lakes, bringing forth the river Korana. There are few places where the nature was so bountiful in its goods as on the area of the Plitvice Lakes. One of the most interesting phenomena of the Plitvice Lakes National Park is the formation of the calcareous tufa or travertine: first through deposition of calcium carbonate and followed by travertine barriers. The water here is oversaturated by calcium carbonate whose particles coming down in the cascade get sprayed upon and smeared with algae slime onto the travertine-forming moss. In this manner the travertine-forming moss creates one of the finest masterpieces of nature, building the Plitvice waterfalls millimetre per millimetre. Travertine is created in other places, too, but nowhere can you find travertine cascade beds, a series of shallow or step-like waterfalls, as impressionable and majestic as the ones on the Plitvice Lakes. Forests and meadows retained their indigenous beauty through centuries and they are presently the habitat of numerous plant and animal species. So far the investigations in the Park recorded around 1,400 herbal species out of which more than 70 endemic plants. One of the most precious decorations in this floral crown of Plitvice is represented by the multitude of more than 50 species of orchids or rose orchis. What is particularly outstanding within the Plitvice Lakes National Park is the most beautiful virgin forest called Čorkova Uvala [Čorko’s karst depression], a beech and fir virgin forest of uncurtailed natural beauty and structure that the human hand has never perturbed, a nature reserve of forest vegetation and a unique nature school for numerous scientists. In the forest cover that dominates in the total surface of the Park and that is exceptionally important owing to its hydrological function, the forests that are most represented are beech forests; out of the other species of trees the more intense addition are fir, spruce and pine trees, hop hornbeam, sycamore maple and ash-tree. The exceptional and unadulterated aesthetic atmosphere of the forest in combination with the gurgle of the waterfalls is unique and singular and one should by all means experience it as one of the phenomena of this area. The forests of the Plitvice Lakes National Park are habitats of wild animals: bears, wolves and wildcats – lynxes. The brown bear is recognized as a sort of trademark and is one of the Park’s symbols. In individual parts of the Park there reigns complete tranquillity that is only disturbed by numerous insects, the flutter of the butterflies’ wings or cries of some among more than 160 bird species. By the latest explorations it was determined that there are also 20 species of bats that live in different habitats in caves and hollows under the tree bark. Except for the watercourse, lakes, waterfalls, travertine, plant and animal world, one of the least explored phenomena of Plitvice are the caves with their interesting fauna and cave decorations. The Plitvice Lakes were proclaimed National Park on April 1949 as the first such protected region of this kind in Croatia. All the mentioned natural beauties, among them the uninterrupted process of the building up of travertine waterfall cascades as a unique natural phenomenon on the world scale and a prerequisite of the survival of the Plitvice Lakes, all of these were the reasons that the Plitvice Lakes National Park was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1979. Approaching the 60th anniversary of nature protection and 30 years of being UNESCO’s natural property, the Plitvice Lakes even today represent a challenge for the numerous visitors and scientists who are particularly engaged in the issue of the protection of the region’s indigenous and unspoiled natural beauty for future generations. Besides the natural beauties, that can only speak about the Plitvice Lakes as a unique natural phenomenon in superlatives, the fame about this singular landscape is adequately conveyed by numerous visitors as well. Let this postage stamp contribute to the perception of this special place – the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Krešimir Čulinović
( Croatian post Inc.)

26. ruj 2011.

Croatia - Vatican



  
Joint issue Croatia - Vatican
13.09.2011.

300TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF RUGERIUS BOSCOVICH (1711-1787)

Born in Ragusa in Dalmatia (Dubrovnik) in 1711, Boscovich studied at the Jesuit College located in his birthplace. At a very young age, he entered the novitiate in 1725 and moved to Rome to study at the Roman College. He excelled greatly in pure mathematics and physics, so much so that he became a professor of math at the College. Pope Benedict XIV had him as a consultant for all important technical questions and various projects including the fortification of the dome of St. Peter’s when in 1742 he proposed using concentric steel supports. Benedict XIV had him measure the area of the Papal State, and in 1755 he published the first map of the territory. Boscovich oversaw the construction of the Brera College and Observatory in 1764, and also the first project for building the Roman College Observatory in place of the dome (never realized) of the Church of St. Ignatius. The deterioration of relations in the Milanese context and the suppression of the Society of Jesus forced him to move to Paris in 1773 where Louis XV created for him the prestigious position of Director of Optics for the Marine. In 1783 Boscovich decided to return to Italy. He died in Milan in 1787 and was buried in the Church of Santa Maria Podone. This year Pope Benedict XVI paid tribute to the life of Boscovich noting his service as a Jesuit physicist, astronomer, mathematician, architect, philosopher and diplomat. The Pope noted, "His life shows that it is possible to harmonize science and faith, service to the motherland and commitment to the Church".






22. svi 2011.

Croatia


CROATIA

Croatian Post has released (04.04.2011.) a commemorative postage stamp dedicated to the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Croatia, which will occur on the 4 and 5 of June this year. The motif of the stamp is a photograph of Pope Benedict XVI at the inaugural homily held on 19 April 2005 on St. Peter’s Square in Rome, taken by Kai Pfaffenbach, a photographer for Reuters. The stamp itself was designed by Ariana Noršić, a designer from Samobor. The stamp has a face value of HRK 3.10 and was printed in 500,000 copies in nine-stamp sheets.

With this stamp Croatian Post is continuing the tradition of issuing a commemorative postage stamp for each visit of the Pope to Croatia. Following the stamps issued in 1994, 1998 and 2003, this will be the fourth such edition. These editions, printed in an above average number of copies, have proved to be very popular with philatelists.


Value:

3,10 kuna

Perforation:

14

Date of issue:

04.04.2011.