Sunday, September 16, 2007

Namibia

To answer the question I got from some of you : yes, I’m currently in Toulouse to see the match that will oppose the French rugby team to the Namibian team, this evening. This is the second match of the French team, in the 2007 rugby world cup. France has lost the first one, against Argentina, putting them in a difficult situation : if they finish at the second place of their group they will meet New Zealand in quarter final ! This will be tough. But first they have to win all their matches now, and when I see how they played against Argentina I’m a bit worried.
I thought it was rather natural to speak about stamps from Namibia today. I have received recently, through a stamp exchange circuit, this souvenir sheet.

This full set was issued on the 22nd of March 2007 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Etosha National Park. This park is one of Southern Africa's finest and most important Game Reserves. It was declared a National Park in 1907. It covers an area of 22270 square km and it is the home of a lot of animal species : 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, only one species of fish. Etosha, meaning "Great White Place", is dominated by a massive mineral pan. The Etosha Pan covers around 25% of the National Park. The pan was originally a lake fed by the Kunene River. However the course of the river changed thousands of years ago and the lake dried up. The pan now is a large dusty depression of salt and dusty clay which fills only if the rains are heavy and even then only holds water for a short time. This temporary water in the Etosha Pan attracts thousands of wading birds.
A legend about the formation of the Etosha Pan tells of how a village was attacked and everyone but the women slaughtered. One woman was so upset about the death of her family she cried until her tears formed a massive lake. When the lake dried up nothing was left apart from a huge white pan.
The souvenir sheet pictures a rather impressive number of animals. I’m not going to list them all. Interestingly you can see that not all stamps do have the same size on the sheet.
Three other stamps have been issued together with this souvenir sheet, illustrating the three main missions of the park : tourism, research and conservation. Here are those three stamps, coming from the
Namibian philatelic service website.





1 comment:

Eric from Jura said...

Hello Eric !
Hope France will win this evening...
very goog idea to speak about Namibian philately !! stamps of Namibia are always very nice (like this wonderful M/S) and with local themes. There are not more than 10 issues each year...Anyway a great philatelic country !
Regards
Eric