Sunday, 13 December 2009

Honey Bee on China stamps


China Post has issued 4 different denomination values of stamp series with topic of the honey bee.Stamps have depicted the honey bee worker extracted the nectar of flower and together with the queen honey bee to care the honey comb as place of eggs laid.

Monday, 30 November 2009

Giant devil ray on fdc

Gibraltar Post has collaborated with WWF organization to issue the stamp of Giant Devil Ray. In accordance to the IUCN Red List, the species are classified in endangered species.




Giant devil ray, Mobula mobular, or known well as the devil fish of the Mediterranean Sea is an Eagle ray in the family Myliobatidae and posses a spiny tail. They feed on crustaceans and small fishes. They are low rate in reproduction. Due to unintended capture by fishing vessels and worse pollution in the Mediterranean Sea, population of this species tend to decrease.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Lunar eclipse

Ascention Island has issued the commemorate stamps of Lunar eclipse on October 2004, in 4 different denomination values and the official First Day Cover.


A lunar eclipse is an eclipse that occurs when the moon passes behind the earth such that the earth blocks the sun’s rays from striking the moon. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned exactly, with the Earth in the middle. Hence, there is always a full moon the night of a lunar eclipse. The type and length of an eclipse depend upon the Moon’s location relative to its orbital nodes.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Elton John - singer on Malta's stamp

Malta Post has issued the stamp with background of Elton John , a famous singer on July 2003. His picture depicted the singer in many decades.


Sir Elton Hercules John is an English singer-songwriter, composer and pianist. He was born as Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947. John has sold more than 200 million records in his four-decade career and making him one of the most successful artists of all time. His single "Candle in the Wind 1997" has sold over 37 million copies, becoming the best selling single of all time. He has won five Grammy awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Tony Award. His success has impact on popular music and has contributed to the continued popularity of the piano in rock and roll.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Traditional Mask of Indonesia


Mask is used to represent the character embodiment of a figure. It is also related with the aesthetics aspect, history, and religious ceremonies. The face of a mask tends commonly caricature in nature to get an impressive image. Detail of contour, colour, and accessories on mask usually inherent with the character of the figure the user.


In year 2001, Indonesian Post Office issued the serial mask, depicted Arsa Wijaya Mask (Bali), Wayang Wong (Jogjakarta), Hudoq (East Kalimantan), Cirebonese Mask (West Java), andAsmat (Irian Jaya).



Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Traditional Communication system on stamps

Communication is behavior that human being to convey the messages. With communication, human share their feeling.




The communication needs some of tools or symbols that should understandable by both receiver or sender of messages.The information and communication era developed fast. Initially communication began with simple instrument.













In reminder of this fact, Indonesian Post Office has issued the Traditional Communication Instrument stamp series, which depicted kentongan (kind of percussion instrument made of bamboo or wood), beduk (drum), bende (kind of percussion instrument made of bronze) and nafiri (trumpet). All stamp in same denomination value, 900 rupiah.



Sunday, 1 November 2009

Cuscus


Indonesia and Australia joint issued the stamp series, Cuscus. Both country have similar genus of cuscus but differ species. Indonesia known well for the Bear Cuscus (Kuskus beruang), while Australia have the Common Cuscus Spotted (Kuskus Totol).


Cuscus is the common name generally given to the species within the four genera of Australasian
possum. The genera whose species are generally referred to as cuscuses are: Ailurops, Phalanger,
Spilocuscus, and Strigocuscus. 

Marine Preservative on stamp


Indonesia Post several time issued stamp series of the environment care . This issue depicted theme of marine life preservative. The pictures shown shark, sea turtle and sea bird on same denomination value of stamp Rp. 2,500.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Gaza- Jericho Agreement on stamp


The souvenir sheet of the Palestine Authority depicted the historical moment that Palestine and Israeli achieve a peace agreement, Jasser Arafat (Chairman for Palestine Authority) and Yitzhak Rabin(Prime Minister for Israeli ) witnessed by Bill Clinton (President for USA), Andrei Kozyrev (foreign minister for Russia) on 13 September 1993. It was the first direct, face-to-face agreement between the government of Israel and political representatives of the Palestinian people.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Rafflesia Arnoldii, Amarphophallus titanium (Bunga Bangkai)



Two big unique flowers are depicted on the Indonesian stamps, Raflesia Arnoldii, and Amorphophallus titanium (bunga bangkai), as part of Indonesian Flora.

The flower of Rafflesia arnoldii is the largest individual flower which attains a diameter of nearly one meter and can weigh up to 11 kilograms. It occurs only in the rainforests of Sumatra and Borneo in the Indonesian Archipelago. As a member of the genus Rafflesia, lives as a parasite on the Tetrastigma vine, and grows only in primary (undisturbed) rainforests. Rafflesia is identifiable as distinctly plant-like are the flowers; have a reddish-brown coloration and stink of rotting flesh, which is why it was nicknamed the "corpse flower". This scent attracts insects such as flies which then pollinate the rare plant. Rafflesia arnoldii is rare and fairly hard to locate. The flowers are unisexual and thus proximity of male and female flowers is vital for successful pollination. These factors make successful pollination a rare event. As the remaining primary forests of Borneo and Sumatra disappear, it can only be assumed that their numbers are dwindling. Many are known to be nearing extinction.


The 2003 Borobudur Expedition on stamp


A set of special stamps to observe the 2003 Borobudur Ship Expedition, two stamps and one souvenir sheet, has been issued by Indonesian Post Office on 17 September 2005.

The Borobudur is the largest Buddhist monument in the world, was built in the ninth century by the rulers of the Cailendra Dynasty of Mahayana Buddhism. The features on the reliefs of Borobudur depicted the existing condition of Java and surroundings at that time. 
 
 Base on a sailing ship featured on the panels of the temple, Phillip Beale of the British Nationality, as former of Royal Navy Officer, has done a research and he has truth that in the olden time the ship uses to carry spices, especially cinnamon from Indonesia to Africa. The supporting programme have been formulated and executed by involving related institutions included UNESCO.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

The Return of the King on stamps.




Isle of Man Post has been issued stamps series depicted The Lord of the Ring, third episode "The Return of The King". The stamps series comprised one set of 8 piece stamps and one souvenir sheet.




The Return of the King, is the last episode of the Lord of the Ring’s trilogy. This film received 11 Oscars at the 76th Annual Awards ceremony of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, including Best Picture and Best Director- Peter Jackson. It is classified as Science-Fiction Fantasy film. Special star in this film are Elijah Wood as Frodo, Viggo Mortensen as Aragon, Ian Mc Kellen as Gandalf, and Sean Astin as Sam.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Traditional transportation on Indonesian stamp

Indonesia have many traditional transportation, because Indonesia have many cultures which scattered in thousand islands. To commemorate this traditional culture of transportation, Indonesian Post issued a stamp set depicts on stamps such as Becak Dayung, Andong, and Perahu.

Becak Dayung is a sort of three-wheeled bike that can be used to transport people or goods from one place to another place.



Andong is a horse drawn  four  wheeled  carriage.  Other  similar Andong is Delman or  Dokar has two wheeled carriage. Andong and Dokar are mostly found in Jogjakarta and Surakarta.




Perahu (Boat) is vehicle like canoe in shape that travels on water. This vehicle almost found in Kalimantan Island, West Kalimantan, Central  Kalimantan , South  Kalimantan  and  East  Kalimantan. There are many type of Perahu depend of region and culture.

Monday, 12 October 2009

Cockfighting on Laos stamps

A cockfight is a contest held in a ring called a cockpit between two gamecocks. Usually the contest is made for getting the outcome of the match. Originally it is a traditional event by some culture in Java Island long time ago or other nation culture.


Gamecocks are the roosters, not farm chickens, which are well bred and trained for increased stamina and strength. Sometimes the roosters are given drugs to increase their stamina or thicken their blood, which increases their chances of winning.
Now this event is prohibited because shown an example of animal cruelty by others and exploited by some gambler for getting outcome.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Komodo Dragon, WWF stamp series.



In the third time, Indonesia has collaborated with WWF org., has been issued the series depicts Komodo Dragon (Varanus Komodoensis) which is well known as the largest of the groups of Lizard in the world.

This wild animal has the body length of 1.8 to 2.1 meters and weight may achieve 250 kg. Komodo has a good hearing and kneenest sense of smell. This time the population of this animal is 3,000 and can be found in the Komodo Island and several small island surrounded in the province of Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia.

Komodo Dragon is one of the most rare animals in the world and is legally protected.

Peafowl birds on Laos stamp


Peafowl

The male is called a peacock, the female a peahen, though it is common to hear the female also referred to as a "peacock" or "female peacock." The female peafowl is brown or toned grey and brown.The two species are: Indian Peafowl, Pavo cristatus, Green Peafowl, Pavo muticus .


The Indian Peafowl is a resident breeder in the Indian subcontinent. The peacock is designated as the national bird of India.
The Green Peafowl breeds from Burma east to Java, as vulnerable to extinction species due to hunting and a reduction in extent and quality of habitat.



Parakeet birds of thailand




Psittacula alexandri in 2 baht.

Psittacula alexandri or Red-breasted parakeet, has many subspecies depend to the most of geographical variations. Most of the subspecies are confined to small islands or a cluster of islands in Indonesia. One subspecies occurs in the Andaman Islands, and one subspecies occurs in continental Southeast Asia and partly extending to north eastern parts of South Asia along the foothills of the Himalayas. Some of the island races may be threatened by the wild bird trade. The nominate race, which occurs in Java, is close to extinction.

Prince William on Ascension Island stamp



Prince William of Wales ( William Arthur Philip Louis , born 21st of June 1982) is the elder son of Charles, Prince of Wales and the late Diana, Princess of Wales. He is second in the line of succession to the British throne and those of each of the other Commonwealth Realms.

A commemorate stamps have been issued by some countries on his 21st birthday anniversary.Beside stamps has issued by Ascension Island.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

The animal of small pond on some Australian stamps.




The species have depicted on stamp were : Javelin Frog, Sacred King Fisher, Roth's Tree Frog, Northern Dwarf Tree Frog, Dragon Fly, and Magnificent Tree Frog.

Javelin Frog

The Javelin Frog (Litoria microbelos) is a species of frog in the Hyladea family. It is endemic to Australia. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland, swamps and intermittent freshwater marshes.

Barn Owl stamp of Jersey




Jersey Post have issued a souvenir sheet consist of one stamp features the Barn Owl (tyco alba). The Barn Owl (Tyto alba) as depicted on the stamp is found almost anywhere in the world outside polar and desert regions, as well as all of Asia north of the Alpide belt, most of Indonesia and the Pacific islands.

50th Asian-African Summit

The three-day meeting, in commemoration of the golden jubilee (50th anniversary) of the original Bandung Conference, the heads of state and representatives of 89 Asian and African countries met in Bandung City, and resulted in the discussion of a number of important international issues and future plans for similar high-level meetings and programs for action. The more than 100 participants are in number the largest-ever gathering of Asian and African leaders.

Leaders of some of the world's richest as well as poorest nations attended the summit, together representing some two-thirds of the world's population. Poverty and underdevelopment, terrorism, UN reform, the breakdown of multilateralism, and the benefits and risks of globalization, were the main issues under discussion.

Friday, 2 October 2009

WWF Kakapo of New Zealand




New Zealand Post has collaborated with WWF organization issued the stamp series features Kakapo.
Kakapo means Night Parrot. This bird can be found only in New Zealand.



Saturday, 26 September 2009

Bird Life International stamp from Fiji

Fiji have been issued endangered bird stamp, i.e: Long-legged warbler 41c, Silktail 60c, Pink-billed Parrotfinch $3, Red-throated Lorikeet $1.07, with collaborated Bird Life International.

Long legged warbler, or Trichocichla rufa have characteristic are 17 cm in length with a long-tailed secretive warbler of the forest floor. Upperparts rather warm brown with a distinct long fine silvery supercilium. White throat contrast with buffy-rufous breast-sides and flanks, fading into an off-white belly. Fairly long bluish legs, and medium-short black bill.This species is endemic Viti Levu and Vanua Levu on Fiji. This species was recently rediscovered and has been listed as Endangered because it is estimated to have a very small population, approximately 50 – 249.




African orchid on Benin's stamp


Republic of Benin have been issued stamp series with theme " Orchidee Africaine" on 1995.The species  depicted are  Angraecum sesquipedale in 40f, Polystachya virginea in 50f, Disa uniflora in 75f, Ansellia africana in 100f, Angaraecum eichlerianum in 135f, Jumellea confusa in 200f.



















Fourth of fungi stamp series from South Korea.


The below description of fungi species on stamps , start from bottom direction, Sarcodon imbricatus toward a counter clockwise to Amanita inaurata. All value in stamps were same and issued on 1996.


Fungi serie stamps from Tanzania


The eight species of fungi have depicted on the Tanzania minisheet of stamps are Coprinus comatus, Amanitopsis vaginata, Clitocybe Geotropa and Cortinarius Violaceous. (top directions)  and Russula sardonia, Cortinarius collinitus, Boletus Aereus, Lepiota Procera (bottom direction).