Sunday, September 11, 2011

Virgin Komi Forests, Russia

and another lovely UNESCO card here, this one sent by my dear Nastya.

you will have to agree that the nature here is just so tranquil and beautiful....

some terminology clearing up first: virgin forest stands for a forest in its natural state, before being explored or exploited by man. Yeah, sorry for spoiling the fun and if you find the term rather boring, but it DOESN'T mean something else :)

The forests are located in the Northern Ural mountains of the Komi Republic, covering 3.28 million ha of tundra and mountain tundra. This vast area of conifers, aspens, birches, peat bogs, rivers and natural lakes provides valuable evidence of the natural processes affecting biodiversity in the taiga. Dominant tree species include Siberian Spruce, Siberian Fir and Siberian Larch, while the most prominent mammals are the reindeer, the sable, the mink and the hare. The site corresponds to Russia's Pechora-Ilych Nature Reserve and Yugyd Va National Park. Its World Heritage Site status was recognised in 1995, making it the first natural World Heritage site in the country

however, people wouldnt be people, if they didnt attempt to ruin everything...

Nastya used two lovely EUROPA stamps (the ones which make me dread when it comes to Macedonia).
The left one is from the 2008 issue related to letters, while the right one (and absolutely delicious) is from the 2005 issue dedicated to gastronomy...yummie!

thank you dear Nastya!!!


Rajko said...

o bože kako imam bludne misli... *blushing* :)

prelijepa i razglednica i markice!!!

Ana said...

ha ha ha, vidi ko se javi kad su bludne misli u pitanju :P mada ne znam ni ja što se čudim :))))