Monday, October 17, 2011

The view from up there

In Oct. 2012 the U.S. Postal Service will celebrate the beauty and diversity of America's landscape as seen from above with the issuance of Earthscapes.

Looking down from window seats on airplanes, passengers may notice lines, circles, rectangles, and other shapes on the land. Depending on the season of the year, they may see areas of green, brown, or red. In winter, they might gaze out on miles and miles of white. Much depends on perspective, whether one’s view is straight down or from an angle, but almost any high place—a skyscraper or mountain, for example—can present viewers with stunning views and information about the Earth.

The stamp pane features fifteen stamps in three rows of five. The top row shows five examples of natural earthscapes. The middle row focuses on a wide range of agricultural earthscapes. The bottom row shows urban earthscapes.

The images are in the following categories:
NATURAL 
    Glacier and icebergs - Alaska
    Volcanic crater: Washington, Mt. St. Helens
    Geothermal spring - Wyoming, Yellowstone Park
    Butte -- Utah, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
    Inland marsh - Maryland, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

AGRICULTURAL
    Salt evaporation ponds - California, San Francisco
    Log rafts on way to sawmill - Idaho
    Center-pivot irrigation - Kansas
    Cherry orchard - Wisconsin
    Cranberry - Massachusetts
URBAN
    Residential subdivision - Las Vegas, NV
    Barge fleeting --- Houston, TX
    Railroad roundhouse -- Scranton, PA
    Skyscraper apartments -- New York, NY
     Highway interchange -- Miami, FL


8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ugly stamps!!

Robert said...

I am looking forward to these stamps becoming available; it has been a long time since we had a truly beautiful stamp. I wish I had loaded up on the polar lights stamps,those were gorgeous.

Grannybunny said...

Simply gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Very interesting photography! I look forward to receiving these and having something different to offer my customers!

Anonymous said...

I am nt impressed with these stamps could have done better. Talk about a waste of money!! Put something out we can sell!!! I agree they are ugly!!!

Anonymous said...

New stamp team please these are ugly!!

Anonymous said...

I want to see some of the old stamps come back. They were way better than what we have. I love the old x-mas stamps. We have x-mas stamps that are boring. There is a picture of a bulb. The old stamps had a scene on them or kids playing or santa etc.... Those were the good stamps!!! If you want to get people to buy stamps make them look better than they do and put alittle more effort into the stamps you are creating!!! Come on secert stamp commitee get on it these are disappointing!!

Anonymous said...

I think that these stamps are amazing. I can not wait to have them in my office- I already have several customers buzzing about them after seeing them on beyondtheperf.