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The Falkland Islands are a pristine landscape of endless horizons,
colours and contrasts with stunning seascapes to match. There is plenty
of space and scenery to enjoy.

Subtle hues of greens and yellows, boulder-strewn hills and tiny
red-and-white settlements nestling into the land create beautiful
vistas. Shimmering seas reflect the sun in an amazing array of brilliant
blues and aqua-marines. Kelp forests twist and turn, in shades of
subdued browns and greens, as they follow the ebb and flow of ocean
currents. All set against a backdrop of ever-changing skies, from
brilliant daytime blues to reds, crimsons and golds of the setting sun.

The offshore islands to the west of the archipelago are characterised by
jagged cliff tops and rugged peaks, some dropping steeply, others
sweeping down to long white sand beaches, inviting coves and
boulder-strewn shores. Large ponds are features of open plains. Rocky
outcrops and small tussac islands dot the coastline. Contrast these with
small islands to the east which are flatter but no less scenic with open
land and magnificent seashores.

West Falkland has both rugged and rolling terrain with a mix of
spectacular cliffs, hills, hidden valleys and flat lakelands. In the
south are rock formations known as “Indian Village” due to their unusual
wig-wam shapes. Impressive stone runs are found on East Falkland. These
rivers of rock tumble down the hillsides, some stream-like, others very
wide. Travel south in East Falkland to the Great Plain of Lafonia for
miles and miles of uninterrupted golden grasslands. Both East and West
boast beautiful beaches and lovely shores.

Stop awhile to watch the changing patterns and colours of the seas.
Admire the shifting light as the sun sets, casting a range of hues
across the hills. The Falklands are a great place to simply relax and
enjoy the views.

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 Albemarle by Ben Cockwell

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

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, Keppel, 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!

Technical details:

Photography 31p Carli Sudder

76p Georgina Strange

£1.01 Maria Forman

£1.22 Ben Cockwell

FDC Siân Nightingale

Printer Cartor Security Printing

Process Stochastic Lithography

Perforation 13 ¼ x 13 ¼ per 2cms

Stamp size 24 x 60mm

Sheet Layout 10

Release date 28 December, 2018

Production Co-ordination Creative Direction (Worldwide) Ltd

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