|Hawaiian Rain Forest
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Beautiful Stamp Scans
In 2010 the US Postal service introduced the eleventh in these Nature of America stamp pane series, this one is called the Hawaiian Rain Forest. Each sheet are having 10 self adhesive stamps. If you click on each of them, an enlarged version of each stamp will be displayed. The series closed in 2010 with this pane. |
If you move your mouse over each of the stamp, you will get to read what is depicted on them. Have you spotted all the ten stamps? All the species on the sheet are not part of the ten stamps, some of these I have tagged, so you can find their names by hovering your mouse over it.
Date of issue: 1 September 2010
This is the text from the rear of the sheet.
Rainfall is abundant in a Hawaiian rain forest a verdant world dotted with 'oru'a lehua blossoms and the flowers of the kanawao, 'aha, and other shrubs. Typically, the leaves and branches of mature 'ohi'a lehua trees make up the forest canopy Saplings, shrubs, and tree ferns dominate the understory, while a great variety of smaller ferns, herbs, and mosses carpet the forest floor.
The lush vegetation offers protection and sustenance for wildlife, including several bird species, numerous insects, and the islands' only native terrestrial mammal-the 'ope'ape'a. or Hawaiian hoary bat. Because of Hawai'i's remote location, its rain forest plants and animals were safe from competition and predation by introduced species until relatively recent times; today they are among the most vulnerable biological communities on Earth.
The stamp pane features a rain forest on the island of Hawai'i. In the painting, a tiny happyface spider clings to a leaf in the foreground as honeycreepers and other birds
seek nectar, insects, and berries amid the dense foliage.
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