For any Yellowstone aficionado looking for their next favorite postage stamp, you’re in luck.
In honor of the National Park Service’s centennial, the United States Postal Service has been unveiling new commemorate “forever” stamps. The 16-stamp series will be available for purchase starting June 2.
Of course, no NPS stamp series would be complete without a Yellowstone stamp. Indeed, according to Wyoming News, the U.S. Postal Service earlier today unveiled their Yellowstone forever stamp, which you can see above.
Suffice to say, the stamp looks stunning, and there’s a great story behind the image used. From a Yellowstone press release:
The image was captured by Art Wolfe of Seattle, WA, who described it as, “a perfectly backlit bison standing on a small rise in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley.”
“Rising at dawn and braving the -30 F temperature I was able to catch the first rays of the morning sun,” he explained. “The bitter cold of a long winter’s night had left the animals encased in a mantle of thick frost. I had scouted the area the day before and had seen the herd of bison. They had bedded down there all night and now were standing and trying to shake off the cold as the sun came over the horizon. These are the serendipitous moments I wait for as a photographer. I shot this in the days of film, so I didn’t know until I got back to Seattle and had the film processed if I had been successful or not.”
Wolfe got the February 2000 shot using a Canon EOS-3, EF70-200mm lens set at f/16 for 1/250 sec. using Fujichrome Velvia film.
The Yellowstone forever stamp will join a host of other stunners, including Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Everglades National Park, and Arches National Park.
Last fall, the U.S. Mint announced they were commemorating the NPS centennial with a set of commemorative coins, prominently featuring images from Yellowstone National Park.