Postal Service Previews Last of 16 Stamps Celebrating National Park Service’s Centennial: Stamp Highlights Yellowstone National Park

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Date: April 25, 2016
Contact: Morgan Warthin or Amy Bartlett , (307) 344-2015 

A stunning photograph of two bison silhouetted in Yellowstone National Park’s winter morning sun was previewed today as the last of 16 Forever Stamp images to be revealed over a three-week period to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. The uniquely designed stamp pane containing all 16 stamp images will be previewed later this week.

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.

Yellowstone National Park, ID, MT and WY

Marvel. Explore. Discover. Visit Yellowstone and experience the world’s first national park. Marvel at a volcano’s hidden power rising up in colorful hot springs, mud pots and geysers. Explore mountains, forests and lakes to watch wildlife and witness the drama of the natural world unfold. Discover the history that led to the conservation of our national treasures “for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.” Visit this link for more information. 

Other National Parks Forever Stamps previewed to date include Acadia National ParkArches National ParkAssateague Island National SeashoreBandelier National MonumentCarlsbad Caverns National ParkEverglades National ParkGlacier Bay National Park and PreserveGrand Canyon National Park,Gulf Islands National Seashore,Haleakalā National ParkKenilworth Park & Aquatic GardensMarsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park,Mount Rainier National ParkSan Francisco Maritime National Historic Park and Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

The June 2 first-day-of-issue ceremony for the National Parks Forever Stamps pane will take place at New York City’s Javits Center at 11 a.m. as part of the world’s largest stamp show that only takes place in the United States once a decade,World Stamp Show-NY 2016. Dedication ceremonies will also take place at or near each of the National Parks depicted on the stamps. Individuals are asked to spread the news on social media by using the hashtags #NPSStamps, #FindYourPark or #NPS100.

World Stamp Show-NY 2016 will take place May 28–June 4. This mega event is not to be missed by beginners or advanced stamp collectors. There will be something for everyone there, no matter what you collect. Stamp collecting is a hobby for a lifetime. No matter what your specialty, you will find it at the show.

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Last updated: April 25, 2016

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