Northern Lights, Lapland, Finland

Aurora borealis, Lapland, Finland

Finland Flag Postage Stamp

“Caused when charged particles from (the) Sun collide with atoms and molecules in the Earth’s atmosphere at the altitude of 90-250 km. Due to the collision oxygen and nitrogen are emitting auroral light.”

Annika was kind enough to send me this card from her home in Rauma, Finland, which is in the Region of Lapland.  I’m sure it’s fun to step out of one’s house at night and be able to look up and see this on a regular basis.

How about that stamp?  It is die-cut (cut to a pattern, not cut on a square) so that the flag extends beyond what would normally be the stamp’s edge.  Very cool.

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7 Responses

  1. Eddy says:

    La nature et ses champs magnétiques font la même chose que des lasers dans un stade de football losque les Rolling Stones y donnent un concert…

  2. Sheila says:

    Some time ago, they, the weather forecasters, promised that the conditions would be right for us to see the Northern Lights as far south as England. It was cloudy that night….

    It must be a stunning sight.

  3. Postcardy says:

    A nice green card for St. Patrick’s Day!

  4. Neat stamp. I’ve never seen one that wasn’t rectangular or square. Has anyone else?

  5. Lydia says:

    My paternal grandfather immigrated from Lapland to the U.S. Needless to say I adore this postcard. And the stamp is marvelous, but not a surprise to me as the Finns are some of the most uniquely creative artists in the world. I love the design that comes from that country…..always seems like a notch above the rest, be it architecture, furniture, glassware, textiles.

  6. Grace says:

    I made a drawing that looked exactly like this, the tree’s and all, but the lights were different. It must have been at a different time, but the shape of the tree’s and the land strip in the back is the same, this has to be by the same person.

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