May 21, 2013

0654 GERMANY (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) - Zeesenboot on Bodden

A bodden is a special realm, split between sea and land, without really belong to any of them. Isn't a lake, because has connections with the open sea. Isn't a bay, because is almost completely enclosed by peninsulae, spits and islands. Isn't neither a lagoon in the true sense of the word, because freshwater inflow from the mainland and saltwater inflow from the open sea varies continuously, depending on many factors, resulting a fluctuating salt gradient and a distinctive ecosystem. Located along the southwestern shores of the Baltic Sea, primarily in Germany's state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, especially around the island of Rügen, Usedom and the Fischland-Darss-Zingst peninsula, are traditionally good fishing areas.

In the postcard can be seen a zeesenboot, a traditional type of fishing boat, with aproximately 10m length, suitable for relatively sheltered, shallow waters, used  today mainly as recreational sailboats. Historical zeesenboot didn't have wings, and all consisted of three consecutive compartments. From front to rear, these were termed stolz, mittelzeese or hinternetz, and stoss. The reddish color of most zeesenboot sails derives from their traditional treatment with oak bark, to protect them against fungal infestation; to preserve their traditional look, this typical color is applied also to zeesenboot sails made of modern materials.

About the stamp

The stamp is a Germany-Liechtenstein Joint Stamp, issued on June 14, 2012, and designed by Corinna Rogger of Biberach (Germany). It depict Pfälzer Hütte (the Palatine Lodge), a well known refuge from the Liechtenstein Alpine Association (ASA), located at 2.108m on Bettlerjoch in Raetikon in Liechtenstein, close to the Austrian border.

Bodden - Wikipedia

sender: Matadorxx (postcrossing)
sent from Schverin (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern / Germany), on 16.05.2013
photo: Thomas Grunder

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