Seattle photographer Art Wolfe’s picture of bison backlit in Lamar Valley has been chosen to represent Yellowstone in a series of stamps celebrating national parks. An image by Lynnwood photographer Kevin Ebi has been chosen to represent Haleakala National Park.
Seattle photographer Art Wolfe, who has released eight books and had images published in National Geographic and Smithsonian magazines, has reached a new summit.
He learned last week that an image he took of two bison was recently chosen to represent Yellowstone National Park in the U.S. Postal Service’s Forever Stamp collection celebrating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary.
The selection of 16 stamp images, which will be previewed later this week, also includes a Mount Rainier stamp featuring a long-exposure photograph of the mountain with circling trails of starlight.
Wolfe is not the only Puget Sound photographer to make it into the series.
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Kevin Ebi, a former newspaper and radio reporter who currently lives in Lynnwood, recieved an email last year about a photograph he’d taken called “Rainbow on Haleakala,” according to The Herald of Everett.
The email asked if he would consider allowing the postal service to use his photo to represent Haleakala National Park in the National Park stamp series.
“Who says no to that question?” Ebi told The Herald.
Wolfe said he took the photo of the two bison chosen for Yellowstone back in 2000 when he was working on a book called “Living Wild.”
“It’s really cool,” he said of the image’s selection for the stamp. “Some photos get attention right away, and others sit and wait for their day. This was one of those.”
He had risen before dawn and braved temperatures of minus 30 degrees Fin order to catch the herd in the first light of the sun.
“The bitter cold of a long winter’s night had left the animals encased in a mantle of thick frost,” he said in an interview featured by the United States Postal Service.
“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, who studied fine arts, painting and education at the University of Washington, said he started taking photographs to document his wilderness trips when he began climbing, and has been fortunate to be able to make his living doing art.
“The UW said don’t be too easily satisfied with your work, keep pushing. And that’s what I’ve been doing,” Wolfe said.
A ceremony for the first-day release of the stamps will take place at New York City’s Javits Center at 11 a.m. June 2 as part of the world’s largest stamp show, held in the United States only once a decade, according to Postal Service spokesman Mark Saunders.
In addition to Yellowstone, Haleakala, and Mount Rainier, the National Parks Forever Stamps series includes:
• Acadia National Park (Maine)
• Arches National Park (Utah)
• Assateague Island National Seashore (Maryland and Virginia)
• Bandelier National Monument (New Mexico)
• Carlsbad Caverns National Park (New Mexico)
• Everglades National Park (Florida)
• Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve (Alaska)
• Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona)
• Gulf Islands National Seashore (Florida and Mississippi)
• Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens (Washington, D.C.)
• San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (California)
• Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Dakota)