So you like the Swedish colours on the ribbon?
This was the stamp used. I’ve shown it before but not given the story behind it.
Bernhard Kjellmark was studying botany in 1856 when he heard that there were red waterlilies in the Fagertärn forest lake in the province of Närke in mid-Sweden. He walked through Tiveden’s wilderness to reach the lake and picked several flowers to bring back to his professor at Uppsala University. Kjellmark’s find became a botanical sensation. The red waterlily still grows in Fagertärn and several other places in Sweden. It is a variation of the white waterlily, a genetic mutation that occurred at some point in history. The waterlily is a perennial water plant with large floating leaves that are round or oval. The Nymphaeceae family, which the waterlilies are called in Latin, includes around 60 species, of which three are found in Sweden. A long time ago the waterlily was linked to the evil spirit of the water, Näcken, and people were warned not to swim where waterlilies grew. (Source: Sweden Post )
Inga-Karin Eriksson who designed this stamp was born in 1956 in Frövi, Sweden. She studied at the Royal University College of Fine Arts School of Engraving, having previously studied advertising at RMI Berghs School of Communication. Inga-Karin has worked as an engraver and since 1985 as a freelance illustrator. She has designed book covers, textbooks, banknotes, newspaper images and Swedish stamps. She lives in Stockholm.
There are four stamps in the series and another was shown on a previous post. It would be nice to get all four.
Total so far – 275,655 miles; 23 countries (including 8 US States).
Countries from which I have received cards as at 16th June 2012 are shown in green on this – map