Friday, March 23, 2012

Sea Anemones - Flowers of the Sea

On February 20, 2012,  Faroe Islands Post issued the stamp set feature Sea Anemone , Flower of the sea. The issues consist of 4 postage stamps depicted colorful sea anemone and designed by Ingi Sørensen . Sea anemone are related to jellyfish and corals, all of which have a relatively simple circular body shape with numerous tentacles surrounding a mouth at one end of the organism
Marine biologists consider difficult to determine the species of sea anemones. Conservation of this animal group requires special methods and specialist knowledge is required to ensure correct identification. Although the sea anemone fauna in the Faroese area is not yet completely documented, Thirty species of sea anemone have been identified in the Faroes, but the total number of species is presumably higher.

Since the anemone lacks a skeleton, the contractile cells pull against the gastrovascular cavity, which acts as a hydrostatic skeleton. The anemone stabilizes itself by shutting its mouth, which keeps the gastrovascular cavity at a constant volume, making it more rigid.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Orchids of Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein Post  issued the orchid stamp set on the first of June 2004. The issue comprised of 3 postage stamps feature Bee Orchid, Burnt Orchid, and Violet Helleborine.

Bee Orchid
The Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera) is an herbaceous perennial plant belonging to the family Orchidaceae.The Bee Orchid grows to a height of 15–50 centimetres .This hardy orchid develops small rosettes of leaves in autumn. They slowly continue to grow during winter.The plant blooms from mid-April to July producing a spike composed from one to twelve flowers. The flowers have large sepals, with a central green rib and their color varies from white to pink, while petals are short, pubescent, yellow to greenish.

Friday, March 16, 2012

New Zealand Native Wildlife

New Zealand is famous as a country that has a diverse array of unique flora and fauna that are not owned by other countries. Some native animals are classified as endangered and use as a state icon of New Zealand. On March 7, 2007 , New Zealand Post celebrates the uniqueness  is by issuing the five vibrant stamps featuring  species Tuatara, Kiwi, Hamilton's frog, Yellow-eyed penguin, and Hector’s dolphin.


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

European Brown Hare

Estonia Post issued one stamp  feature European Brown Hare species on May 19, 2011.  In Estonia, European Brown Hare (Lepus europaeus ) is a species that settled in the area from the south about 200-300 years ago when a part of their forest habitats had been replaced by fields. 

The European hare (Lepus europaeus),  is a species of hare native to northern, central, and western Europe and western Asia.The European hare has a head and body length ranging from 600-750 mm with a tail length of 72–110 mm.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Pigeon bird (Dove) – Botswana

In relation with the celebration of Christmas season,  Botswana Post issued stamp set feature Dove bird on December 20, 2005. The species depicted are Namaqua dove, Red-eyed dove, Laughing dove, and Green Pigeon. The issue consist of 4 postage stamp with non uniform face value.

The Namaqua Dove is a tiny sparrow-sized pigeon, typically 22 cm in length with a 28–33 cm wingspan, and weighing 40g. It has a very long black tapered tail.The plumage is mostly grey apart from a white belly, and chestnut primary feathers which are visible in flight.The adult male has a black face, throat and breast, and a yellow and red beak. The adult female lacks the black and has a red-based grey bill.

The Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis) is a small pigeon. It is the only species in the genus Oena.The dove is a widespread resident breeding bird in Sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar with its range extending into the Arabian Peninsula southern Israel, Jordan and as far north as Turkey.The dove is quite terrestrial, and usually forages on open ground and roadsides. The food is almost exclusively minute seeds, such as those of grasses, sedges and weeds.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Tornjak - Bosnian Herzegovinian Croatian shepherd dog

Bosnia  & Herzegovina  Croatian Post Mostar  issued stamp set composed  of 4 postage stamps, features the endemic species of Bosnia & Herzegovina and Croatia, Tornjak on February 22, 2007.
The Tornjak is a mountain sheep dog native to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia and is a very healthy breed. They  do not need so much proteins in the food. For feeding Tornjaks a low protein diet is suitable. Too high a protein content can lead to the development of coat problems.

Tornjaks are large and powerful dogs, with well proportioned, almost square bodied features and agile movements. The bodies of these dogs are strong and well built, with harmonious and dignified movements. They have long and thick double coat which a thick undercoat for  adequately protects  against poor weather conditions. The dogs typically possess shaggy tails, kept high like a flag.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Summer flowers

Summer flowers have very rich of color ( reds, blues, violets, oranges, yellows, pinks, purple and whites ) and beautiful. The beginning of summer starts out with perennial flowers that began to grow late in spring.Some popular perennials for early summer are Irises and Peonies.
As summer starts to really heat up, there are many flowers that cannot continue to grow in the hottest days of summer. Unfortunately there are not too many colorful plants that can last in the heat. Some good annuals to plant in the hot days of summer are Cosmos and zinnias.The important things are giving them the proper care in order to have surviving plants.

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