Apr 28, 2016

Yellowstone bison to be featured on new stamp

The National Park Service’s centennial is being celebrated with a series of new stamps — and Yellowstone is among the parks being featured.

A preview of the new stamp — which features a photograph of two bison silhouetted in Yellowstone National Park’s winter morning sun — was released Monday. It's one of 16 U.S. Postal Service Forever Stamps to be released in June to mark the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary.

The image was captured by Art Wolfe of Seattle, who described it as, “perfectly backlit bison standing on a small rise in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley.”

Lamar Valley bison adorn a forthcoming stamp. Image courtesy U.S. Postal Service

“Rising at dawn and braving the minus 30-degree temperature, I was able to catch the first rays of the morning sun,” Wolfe said in a news release from the Park Service. “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.”

The bison had bedded down there all night and were then standing and trying to shake off the cold as the sun came over the horizon, he recalled of the moment he captured in February 2000.

“These are the serendipitous moments I wait for as a photographer,” Wolfe said. “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.”

A uniquely designed stamp pane containing all 16 stamp images will be previewed later this week.
The first-day-of-issue ceremony for the national parks forever stamps pane is June 2 at New York City’s Javits Center as part of World Stamp Show-NY 2016. The event is the world’s largest stamp show and it takes place only once per decade.

In addition to the ceremony in New York, other dedications will also be held in or near each of the National Parks depicted on the stamps.

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