Tuesday, May 19, 2009

New frog stamp from Sweden

On the 14th of May 2009, Swedish post has issued a set of five stamps dedicated to Swedish nature in order to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the creation of the first national park in Sweden.
Each stamp pictures a national park and a plant or an animal that can be found in this area. Why do I speak about those stamps, here on my blog? Because on of the stamps pictures a frog!
Unfortunately I could only find small pictures of the stamps (they are taken from the Swedish post website). As I do not have the stamps yet, I can not provide a bigger image.
Four of the five stamps have been issued in a block of four, the last one being issued separately.

Here is the block of four.
Clockwise, the parks and the plants/animals that are pictured are:
- Abisko National Park founded in 1909 and located in the north of the country. Plant pictured in the left bottom corner of the stamp is a Globe flower (Trollius europaeus).
- Stenshuvud National Park founded in 1986 and located on the coast. The animal pictured is a Tree frog (Hyla arborea)
- Garphyttan National Park, also founded in 1909. The associated animal is a hazel dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius) also known as common dormouse
- Store Mosse National Park founded in 1982. The stamp also pictures Cranberries (Vaccinium oxycoccos)

The last stamp of the set is dedicated to Kosterhavet National Park and the animal is a sand star (Astropcten irregularis).

The five stamps are printed in Offset. I rather like them and I will be happy to buy them to add to by frog stamps collection.

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