I'm very happy because I received a new an a very nice postcard from Costa Rica.
My postcards ilustrate a nice view form the Reserva Biológica Bosque Nuboso Monteverde (the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve) is a Costa Rican reserve located along the Cordillera de Tilarán mountain range within the Puntarenas and Alajuela provinces. Named after the nearby town of Monteverde and founded in 1972,
- the Preserve consists of over 10,500 hectares of tropical rainforest, the reserve is visited by roughly 70,000 visitors a year.
The Preserve consists of 6 ecological zones, 90% of which are virgin forest.
An extremely high biodiversity, consisting of over
* 2,500 plant species (including the most orchid species in a single place),
* 100 species of mammals,
* 400 bird species,
* 120 reptilian and amphibian species, and thousands of insects, has drawn scientists and tourists since.
(for more information please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reserva_Biológica_Bosque_Nuboso_Monteverde)
The Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla is the oldest bullring in Spain. It is the site of the annual Feria de Abril in Seville, one of the most well-known bullfighting festivals in the world.
(more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plaza_de_toros_de_la_Real_Maestranza_de_Caballeria_de_Sevilla)
left stamp: Alpen-Goldregen (Laburnum alpinum)
the stamp from the right: Kaiserliches Festschloss Hof, Viena, Austria
I received a very nice postcard from Lisabon, Portugal. (is the capital city and largest city of Portugal, as well as the 9th most populous urban area in the European Union, with a population of 545,245 within its administrative limits on a land area of 84.8 km2.)
-- It lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River.
*more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisbon*
Stamp: ilustrates a head of Ganso-patola (pt) / Gannet (en)
*more info here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gannet*
Postcard: Mosteiro dos Jerónimos / The Hieronymites Monastery -
The monastery is one of the most prominent monuments of the Manueline-style architecture (Portuguese late-Gothic) in Lisbon, classified in 1983 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the nearby Tower of Belém.
*more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerónimos_Monastery*
The stamp (From Sri Lanka) ilistrate 3 Langurs - is a lanky, long-tailed monkey of Haryana, with bushy eyebrows and a chin tuft. It has a small slender body with long tail and long hands. 'Langur' means 'having a long tail'. The langur is gray washed with buff or silvery shades, often with a white head, but with a black face. It has crests of hair on the head. It is found in India, Tibet, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. It lives in humid forests, mangrove swamps, and wooded country. In Haryana it is found in Kalesar forest, the Saraswati Plantation and Morni Hills.
Lifespan: It has a lifespan of about 25 years.
Diet: The Langur's main diet consists of Leaves, seeds, grain and fruit.
Size: The male weighs 9 – 15 kg, the female weighs 4 – 8 kg but in the Himalayas it grows much larger. Most of them are of a slender build, about 2 feet long with a 2 1/2 foot tail.
More information there: http://www.haryana-online.com/Fauna/langur.htm
--> The ilustration are from Udawalawe National Park, ho was was created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe reservoir on the Walawe River, as well as to protect the catchment of the reservoir. The reserve covers 30,821 hectares (119.00 sq mi) of land area and was established on 30 June 1972. Before the designation of the national park, the area was used for shifting cultivation (chena farming). The farmers were gradually removed once the national park was declared. The park is 165 kilometres (103 mi) from Colombo. Udawalawe is an important habitat for water birds and Sri Lankan Elephants. It is a popular tourist destination and the third most visited park in the country. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Udawalawe_National_Park