It's February and that means it's time for the Lunar New Year, or Chinese New Year. In fact I should have had this theme last week, as for 2013 the New Year was celebrated on February 10. However, my Chinese students tell me that the celebration is a month long, so I should be OK.
Above: Stamps of a bridge and of the Brown Eared Pheasant, recently received on a postcard from China. According to Wikipedia: "Due to isolated population, deforestation and still hunted although legally protected by China, the Brown Eared Pheasant is evaluated as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. "
The Lunar New Year stamp for the USA has firecrackers on it. I wonder if China or other countries issue a stamp for the New Year? I hope someone can enlighten me. (Remember I am not a stamp collector - just a stamp accumulator!)
Wasn't it amazing, yet scary that on the same day an asteroid narrowly missed Earth, and a meteor exploded above central Russia? Luckily no one was killed in Russia, though there were a number of people injured, mostly by flying glass. And I heard on one news report that if the asteroid came by 15 minutes earlier (or later, I can't remember) we wouldn't be so lucky. This event leads me to the announcement of next week's theme:
Theme next week: Space. Human exploration, planets, moons, or the aurora borealis and other phenomena.