The beauty of the Falkland Islands revealed on new stamps from Pobjoy Mint


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14 October 2018
Four new stamps and a first day cover from Pobjoy Mint, issued on behalf of the Falkland Islands, reveal the beauty of this South Atlantic archipelago.

The new stamps and first day cover feature beauty spots of the Falkland Islands, which have been captured by photographers who enjoy the Falklands Islands in all weathers.


Below, each of the photographers explains the story behind their stamp:


31p Quarry Point, Fox Bay by Carli Sudder

The photo was taken one June Sunday morning whilst out walking around Quarry Point at Fox Bay. Although a bright crisp day in the settlement you could see the snow squalls travelling down the coast. The contrast in the weather showed some great contrasts in the colours too so taking pictures seemed easy that day. To me this picture shows that even in the winter months there can be some fantastic scenes around the Falklands to photograph and enjoy.


76p New Island by Georgina Strange

New Island's North end has a spectacular coastal landscape ranging from rugged sea cliffs, where thousands of Black-browed albatross nest, to rocky shores perfect for exploratory walks. The white sand beaches are the real gem of the north, however, and this bay is often one of the most sheltered spots, where the wind and waves are broken by the isthmus. Sea lions regularly haul out here and the resident pod of Peale's dolphins always cruise along through the shallows and feed amongst the kelp beds at either end.  A large Gentoo penguin colony is established very close by at the adjacent beach, making this a really special stretch of coastline for Falklands' wildlife.  Saddle Island can be seen in the distance, behind the isthmus, and beyond that lies the albatross haven of North Island.


£1.01 Road to Nowhere by Maria Forman

This photo was taken on the outskirts of the Port Howard settlement on West Falkland. I had recently arrived at the farm, where I would be living for 6 months, and decided to make the most of the beautiful weather and go for an evening walk to explore my new surroundings. I made my way up the hill behind my flat and was astonished to be met by this spectacular view of the striking blue inlet, contrasted against the vibrant green land, all enveloped by the open sky. It was the first of countless walks I would take down the ‘Road to Nowhere’- originally created to lead to the proposed ferry jetty, before an alternative location was chosen nearer the settlement. Often joined by a dear friend, these walks made for a refreshing end to the day, when we would marvel at the ever-changing light and landscape as we walked, talked and put the world to rights.


£1.22 Towards Albermarle by Ben Cockwell

This is the view from the road over Hoste Inlet Mountain looking East toward Albermarle and Cape Meredith. Along with Hells Kitchen overlooking Hill Cove it's one of the most spectacular views on the roads of West Falkland.

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FDC Towards the Blackburn River by Siân Nightingale

My husband Karl and I bought West Lagoons Farm in 2015 and are fortunate to be the first people to live on this stunning farm. We have set up our home at the foot of Channel Hill (where this picture was taken), which despite being only 267m in height offers a spectacular 360-degree view of the neighbouring area, including Pebble, Kepple, Saunders and Hill Cove. You are looking South-West down our farm towards the Blackburn River, which is one of the most popular trout fishing spots in the Falkland Islands. The Port Howard and Hill Cove mountains can be seen in the background.


I feel very lucky to be able to share my beautiful home with others and proud to be featured on a First Day Cover!


Stamp details


Printer: Cartor Security Printing

Print process: Stochastic Lithography

Perforations: 13 ¼ x 13 ¼ per 2cms

Stamp size: 24 x 60mm

Issue date: 14 November, 2018


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