IT'S IN THE TREES... IT'S COMING!...
This past year, the Dutch postal authorities have issued four sheetlets with tree stamps, based on the four seasons. Although the overall design of the sheetlets may be a bit busy, there's plenty of information to be picked up for thematic collectors, especially on the tabs. The other day I received the sheetlet of winter trees from my brother-in-law.
The stamps depict the Alder (alnus glutinosa) and the White Willow (salix alba). Previous stamps in the series tended to concentrate on details like bark or leaf, but what I like about these is that they show the tree as a whole and leave the detail for the tabs. The willow, especially, is a very atmospheric stamp. Could almost have been a Christmas stamp!