Summer, and anything related to this season. So here’s my share for this week, two butterflies on stamp from Botswana. They were affixed to two postcards sent to me by my very good friend Fe who lives there with her family.
These fantastic butterfly definitives are great additions to my collections. Both stamps are part of a 14-set of stamps classified as Standard Postage B and issued by the Botswana Post under the Butterflies theme. These butterflies were beautifully illustrated by Philip Huebosch and came out in November 2007.
I just learned that the Botswana Post releases four to six commemorative issues per year, and definitives after every five years.
Just a bit of info about Botswana.
Botswana is a country unrivalled in its abundance of wildlife and natural resources, which are as diverse as the Kalahari Desert in the southern and eastern parts of the country, to the lush Okavango Delta swamps and river plains of the north.
It is a land locked country that straddles the Tropic of Capricorn and shares borders with Namibia to the west and north, Zambia and Zimbabwe to the north-east and South Africa to the east and south. Botswana is approximately the size of France and twice the size of Arizona. Most of the country is arid and desert like with large tracts of land set aside for maintenance and development of national parks and wild life sanctuaries by the Government of Botswana.
Botswana is the worlds leading gem diamond producer and relies heavily on mineral exports to provide one of the most stable economies in Africa. Eco-tourism is also an integral part of the economy with the country deeply committed to the conservation of wildlife heritage. (Source)