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