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Monday, January 25, 2010

New issues: Falkland Islands - "Atmospheres: Four Seasons"

An unique feature of the Falkland Islands are the quickly changing weather patterns bringing a beauty to the Islands’ landscapes which are often rare in many other parts of the world.
The images shown in this four stamp issue, “Atmospheres : Four Seasons”, attempt to portray a different and more accurate picture of the Islands’ environment and how its continually changing weather patterns, produce a very different image to the one Darwin described and how these create their own form of beauty on the Islands landscape.
Spring: 27p value. This depicts an early morning scene on Carcass Island with mist rolling in from the sea, helping to create the rich greens of the pastures seen at this time of the year.
Summer: 55p value. A feature of the Falklands is their pollution free atmosphere resulting in intense light and highly reflective blue skies. This tranquil scene is taken from a beach on New Island, West Falkland.
Autumn: 65p value. The austral autumn months of March and April can bring some of the Islands’ most spectacular weather images. A low evening light with intermittent rain showers produced this double rainbow over the brightly coloured roofs of Stanley.
Winter: £1.10 value. Tempered by its marine environment, the Falklands have a narrow temperature range. Contrary to popular belief, accumulations of snow are uncommon with the ground rarely freezing. Long periods of calm are more frequent than in summer, reflecting these often but unusual coloured skies.
Technical Details: Designer: Design In Nature Studio
Photography: Ian J. Strange & Georgina Strange
Printer: Cartor Security Printing
Process: Stochastic Lithography
Perforation: 13 per 2cms
Stamp size: 30.6 x 38mm
Sheet Layout: 50 (2 x 25)
Release date: 25 January 2010
Production Co-ordination: Creative Direction (Worldwide) Ltd.
Postal Authority Falkland Islands

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