Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Australian trees

I have realized recently that I haven’t shown so many covers coming from Australia since the beginning of this blog. I have shown some stamps, but only very few covers, even though this is a country that is close to my heart. So let’s correct this mistake by showing this very nice cover that I received two days ago.

The four stamps used on the cover have been issued on the 8th of August 2005. In fact the full set actually contain five stamps, and the subject of the set, as you can see, is Australian trees. Just for completion, here is a picture of the fifth stamp of the set.

The trees species pictured on the stamps are all native from Australia. On the cover, from left to right we can see the following species :
- Moreton bay fig (Ficus macrophylla), a native tree from Eastern Australia which is often used in public parks. It takes its common name from the Moreton bay located in Queensland.
- Wollemi pine that belongs to the genius “coniferus” and not “pinus” as its name could tell us
- Boab (Adansonia gregorii) the only baobab tree that is endemic to Australia
- Karri (Eucalyptus diversicolor) that is native from Western Australia

The last tree pictured on the stamp which is not on the cover is a Snow gum (Eucalyptus pauciflora).

As it is the case very often for Australian stamp sets, the same stamps have been issued in both auto-adhesive and self-adhesive versions. The ones on the cover are the auto-adhesive ones. Here is a picture of the set of self-adhesive stamps, the difference in the design being the grey border which is not present on this second set.

One thing also to mention is the very clean postmark. A bit heavy but still very clean. The cover has travelled in a plastic bag to protect it from any damage. The cancel is the one of the licensed post office of Fairfield Heights, which I think is located in the suburb of Sydney.

This is definitely a great cover.

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