Sender: denis80, Received on: 2 Dec, 2012, Distance: 3,102 km (1,927 miles), Travel time: 12 days
Sunday, 24 February 2013
Sender: sonata13, Received on: 25 Dec, 2012, Distance: 8,449 km (5,250 miles), Travel time: 10 days
Long-horned Beetles Postage Stamp
Pyrestes curticornis (NT$12): This beetle has a red body and a pair of dark-red flat and jagged antennae. Some individuals in this species have black antennae. The surface of its elytra is covered with stippling and fine red hair. The species is found in broad-leaved forests between the coastal plain and 1,400 meters above sea level. An adult is typically about 1.5 to 1.8 centimeters long.
Built on an ancient site, the Kazan Kremlin dates from the Muslim period of the Golden Horde and the Kazan Khanate. It was conquered by Ivan the Terrible in 1552 and became the Christian See of the Volga Land. The only surviving Tatar fortress in Russia and an important place of pilgrimage, the Kazan Kremlin consists of an outstanding group of historic buildings dating from the 16th to 19th centuries, integrating remains of earlier structures of the 10th to 16th centuries.
Sender: Kolibree, Received on: 8 Jan, 2013, Distance: 2,202 km (1,368 miles), Travel time: 35 days
The Wadden Sea comprises the Dutch Wadden Sea Conservation Area and the German Wadden Sea National Parks of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein. It is a large temperate, relatively flat coastal wetland environment, formed by the intricate interactions between physical and biological factors that have given rise to a multitude of transitional habitats with tidal channels, sandy shoals, sea-grass meadows, mussel beds, sandbars, mudflats, salt marshes, estuaries, beaches and dunes. The inscribed site represents over 66% of the whole Wadden Sea and is home to numerous plant and animal species, including marine mammals such as the harbour seal, grey seal and harbour porpoise. It is also a breeding and wintering area for up to 12 millions birds per annum and it supports more than 10 percent of 29 species. The site is one of the last remaining natural, large-scale, intertidal ecosystems where natural processes continue to function largely undisturbed.
Sender: lorrier, Received on: 8 Jan, 2013, Distance: 2,133 km (1,325 miles), Travel time: 11 days
With a length of 290 km, the Whanganui is the country's third-longest river. Much of the land to either side of the river's upper reaches is part of the Whanganui National Park, though the river itself is not part of the park.
The river rises on the northern slopes of Mount Tongariro, one of the three active volcanoes of the central plateau, and close to Lake Rotoaira. It flows to the north-west before turning south-west at Taumarunui. From here it runs through the rough, bush-clad hill country of the King Country before turning south-east and flowing past the small settlements of Pipiriki and Jerusalem, before reaching the coast at Whanganui. It is the country's longest navigable river.
Sender: Rupen, Received on: 22 Feb, 2013, Distance: 17,104 km (10,628 miles), Travel time: 14 days
Inaugurated in 1973, the Sydney Opera House is a great architectural work of the 20th century that brings together multiple strands of creativity and innovation in both architectural form and structural design. A great urban sculpture set in a remarkable waterscape, at the tip of a peninsula projecting into Sydney Harbour, the building has had an enduring influence on architecture. The Sydney Opera House comprises three groups of interlocking vaulted ‘shells’ which roof two main performance halls and a restaurant. These shell-structures are set upon a vast platform and are surrounded by terrace areas that function as pedestrian concourses. In 1957, when the project of the Sydney Opera House was awarded by an international jury to Danish architect Jørn Utzon, it marked a radically new approach to construction.
Sender: Laurent4, Received on: 22 Feb, 2013, Distance: 14,927 km (9,275 miles), Travel time: 27 days