Today is Indonesia’s Independence Day, and to commemorate it I have two UNESCO site cards from that fine country, both from shinta on the Postcrossing forum:


First, the Sangiran Early Man Site, home of Java man, located on the island of Java. It was inscribed in 1996. Excavations between 1936 and 1941 uncovered many early hominid fossils, including fossils of Homo erectus dating from 1.5 million years ago.


And second is this card showing the giant flower Rafflesia arnoldii, also known as the “corpse flower” for its awful stench. It produces the largest flower in the world, producing a flower up to 1 meter (3 feet) in diameter. The flower is endemic to the rainforests of Sumatra, protected by UNESCO since 2004. The flower is also one of Indonesia’s national flowers.

Shinta uses lovely stamps, and these cards are no exception:


From left to right: 2014 issue for the Year of the Horse, two BirdLife International stamps from 2012 showing the Siau scops owl and a male Aethopyga duvyenbodei, a type of sunbird.


And these stamps are from a  2014 series featuring traditional instruments of Indonesia.