This year, the National Park Service is celebrating 100 years of existence. Besides hosting open houses and special events at their parks throughout the year, they have also created a book of USPS forever stamps. Each stamp will feature an artist-rendered image of one of the many parks, monuments and wildlife areas that the NPS oversees. Last week, stamp previews featured Carlsbad Caverns, Bandelier National Monument, Assateague Island National Seashore, Arches National Park, and Acadia National Park. This week, another five stamps were previewed, leaving only six to discover next week.
The full book of stamps will be released on June 2, at a ceremony at the Javits Center, as part of the World Stamp Show. A show that takes place only once a decade, the New York Stamp Show will take place from May 28 – June 4, with free admission every day. Whether you’re a seasoned stamp collector or simply curious, this is a great way to enter the wonderful world of stamps.
This week, the NPS released five stamps, featuring the following: Haleakalā National Park in Maui, Hawaii; Gulf Island National Seashore in Florida and Mississippi; Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona; Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska; and Everglades National Park in Miami, Florida.
In Kevin Ebi’s photograph of Haleakalā, a rainbow arcs over the storm clouds and crater in the park, a burst of color and sunshine over the brown landscape below. Gulf Island’s photograph, taken by John Funderburk, features a handsome heron looking out over the water, his long legs entrenched in the sands and grasses of the beach. The eighth stamp features the Grand Canyon as painted by artist Thomas Moran. A close-up view of the chromolithograph on canvas, this painting shows off the many colors and varied landscape of the canyon, on of the seven natural wonders of the world. Glacier Bay’s stamp is a peaceful photograph of blue, purple and white glaciers and mountains, taken by Tom Bean. The Everglades stamp features a photograph of a setting sun over the pinelands, taken by Paul Marcellini.
Kevin Ebi commented on his photograph and the beauty of the Hawaiian park:
“Whether it’s because of the explosive growth of photography, or our need to take a break from our always-on, connected lives, our national parks are busier than ever. But for me, they can still be wondrous places of solitude. Such was the case that afternoon I spent chasing Haleakalā’s rainbows.
During the hour and a half I spent on the rim, the storm gave me just six opportunities to photograph rainbows. My favorite image — and the one that is used on the stamp — was taken during the next-to-last ‘window.’ It was also the briefest opportunity. I was able to shoot only a single frame before the rainbow vanished.”
Ebi loves his work and photographing the wilderness is his forte: “In all of my work as a photographer, I treasure most the images that show nature at its dynamic finest. Braving an intense hailstorm is just part of the experience — a key part of the experience.”
What makes the NPS so special? Ebi notes,
National parks take us into a different world, a world of jaw-dropping scenery and experiences that are dramatically different from our daily lives.”
Get out to your national parks this summer and celebrate their 100th anniversary! Let others know what you love about your parks – post to social media with the hastags #NPSStamps, #NPS100 and #FindYourPark.