Friday, 19 July 2013

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM GERMANY

Warnemünde (means Warnow mouth) is a sea resort and city situated on the Baltic Sea in the northeast of Germany at the estuary of the river Warnow. The city is a center of maritime traffic and this green tower is located on the west mole. The history of the mole lights of Warnemünde is quite complex; both moles (east and west) have been extended several times and there have been several lights on each mole. The current 12 m (40 ft.) round green metal tower was built in 1985 and relocated in 1998 onto a new arm of the west mole extended to the current length of 541m (590yd). There is a similar red lighthouse on the east mole and both are locally known as Die Zwillinge (the twins).
The traditional German Flower series presents two different and colorful species very popular as ornamental garden flowers. The 0.05 EUR stamp issued on August 11, 2005 is dedicated to the crocus genus (here: Crocus tommasinianus), a lilac flower in the Iridaceae family, often referred to as 'tommies', were named after the botanist Muzio Spirito de Tommasini. Crocus tommasinianus has small long-tubed flowers with 6 petals from pale silvery lilac to reddish purple, which appear in early spring. It is often planted in large drifts in gardens and parks.

The 0.70 EUR stamp issued on April 13, 2006 depicts Kartäusernelke (Dianthus carthusianorum) an herbaceous perennial plant commonly found wild in dry, grassy habitats. The Kartäusernelke is usually between 15 and 40 centimeters tall and flowers are 18–20 mm wide, dark pink to purple. Today it is widely used mainly as an ornamental plant and the flowering period extends from July to September.

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