Sunday, May 9, 2010

#246 Bosnia-Herzegovina...Thanks Jasmin!

The 0.40 bam stamp is from 2007 definitives issue of Domestic Animals showing Donkey (Equus asinus),which is a domesticated member of the horse family.

The 0.30 and 0.10 stamps are from 2006 definitives issue of Vegetables showing Kale and Potato.

Kale is a form of cabbage (Brassica oleracea Acephala Group), green or purple, in which the central leaves do not form a head. It is considered to be closer to wild cabbage than most domesticated forms.

The most important growing areas lie in central and northern Europe and North America. Kale grows more rarely in tropical areas as it prefers cooler climates, and here they often come in exotic colours. Kale is the most robust cabbage type – indeed the hardiness of kale is unmatched by any other vegetable. Kale will also tolerate nearly all soils provided that drainage is satisfactory. Another advantage is that kale rarely suffers from pests and diseases of other members of the cabbage family – pigeons, club root, and cabbage root fly (Delia radicum). Places where kale grows are called kalefields.

The potato is a starchy, tuberous crop from the perennial Solanum tuberosum of the Solanaceae family.Potatoes are the world's fourth largest food crop, following rice, wheat, and maize.Wild potato species occur from the United States to Uruguay and Chile.Introduced to Europe by Spain in 1536, the potato was subsequently conveyed by European mariners to territories and ports throughout the world.Once established in Europe, the potato soon became an important food staple and field crop. But lack of genetic diversity, due to the fact that very few varieties were initially introduced, left the crop vulnerable to disease.

The 0.90 stamp is from 2001 Bird issue depicting Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), also known as Eurasian Kingfisher ,which is a small kingfisher with seven subspecies recognized within its wide distribution across Eurasia and North Africa. It is resident in much of its range, but migrates from areas where rivers freeze in winter.

This sparrow-sized bird has the typical short-tailed, large-headed kingfisher profile; it has blue upperparts, orange underparts and a long bill. It feeds mainly on fish, caught by diving, and has special visual adaptions to enable it to see prey under water. The glossy white eggs are laid in a nest at the end of a burrow in a riverbank.

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