Friday, 12 November 2010

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM SPAIN

 Maspalomas Lighthouse is located in the Punta de Maspalomas, at the southern tip of the Isla de Gran Canaria, Spain and is one of the island's best known tourist attractions. It is the third highest lighthouse in Spain: a 56 m (184 ft) round stone tower attached to one corner of a 2-story keeper's house. The decision to build a lighthouse on the southern coast of the island was taken in 1861. Construction lasted 28 years and the lighthouse lamp was lit on February 1st, 1890. The lighthouse, at the end of the beach of Maspalomas, is surrounded by an area of sand dunes interspersed with wetlands in a protected nature reserve.
 Correos de España issued in 2010 in four different dates a beautiful series presenting different protected nature reserves in Spain with a high ecological and scenic value. On September 15th, 2010 a 0, 45 € stamp of this series was released and shows the National Park of Ordesa and Monteperdido in the Pyrenees of Huesca province. The park was awarded by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve and constitutes a geographic unit dominated a series of mountainous crests and glacial valleys. The stamp presents the Pyrenean Chamois (Rupicapra pyrenaica), an endemic Goat antelope that lives in the Pyrenees.

The Spanish television broadcaster “Televisión Española (TVE)” began broadcasting in January 1982 the documentary series “Al filo de lo Imposible” (On the Edge of the Impossible) presenting adventurous expeditions. This series of over two hundred documentary and risk adventure sports, with beautiful images filmed in some of the most remote places on the planet, is one of the "classics" of TVE over 25 years on the air. On October 24th, 2005 Spain issued a six-stamp miniature sheet depicting some of the scenes shown on the programmes: real scenes experienced by the film makers such as the crossing of the magnetic North Pole in Canada.

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