Nature of America

Nature of America

This series – which ended in 2010 – captures the unique beauty of America.  Each sheet is an artistic masterpiece revealing nature’s majesty in a different geographic region of the U.S.   Every semi-jumbo stamp has at least one identifiable plant or animal that is native to the environment being showcased.  The stamps are laid out in a staggered fashion, corresponding to the sheet’s design.  This special format makes the Nature of America Series an attractive addition to your U.S. collection.

US #3293 Sonoran Desert
US #3293
Sonoran Desert

Despite its harshness, life thrives in the Sonoran Desert. Cactus trees, paloverdes, desert tortoises, Gila monsters, and roadrunners are among the hundreds of plant and animal species that make their home there.

US #3378 Pacific Coast Rain Forest
US #3378
Pacific Coast Rain Forest
The Pacific coast rain forest is an area of pristine wilderness protected by the National Park Service. It lies on the Olympic peninsula of Washington state in the valleys of the Quinault, Queets, and Hoh rivers.
US #3506 Great Plains Prairie
US #3506
Great Plains Prairie

The Great Plains Prairie covers over a million square miles in the center of North America. It’s an enormous, grass-covered plateau formed by erosion of the Rocky Mountains.

US #3611 Longleaf Pine Forest
US #3611
Longleaf Pine Forest

The longleaf pine forest is the largest conifer (cone-bearing) forest east of the Mississippi River. The rough-barked trees grow up to 100 feet tall, with dark green, shiny needles up to 18 inches and cones up to 10 inches long. A mature tree can live 500 years.

US #3802 Arctic Tundra
US #3802
Arctic Tundra

Covered by snow most of the year, the tundra comes alive in the spring. Birds arrive to nest. A never-setting summer sun warms the air above freezing. Plants grow rapidly and paint the ground with bright flowers. The thawed soil is only inches deep, above a permanently frozen layer that is over 1,000-feet thick in some places.

US #3831 Pacific Coral Reef
US #3831
Pacific Coral Reef

Stamp sheet features over 30 species, while the back side includes fun and informative text.  The result is a striking illustration of a delicate ecosystem.

US #3899 Northeast Deciduous Forest
US #3899
Northeast Deciduous Forest

Deciduous trees grow in a climate with cold winters, warm summers, and year-round precipitation. The broad-leaved trees of the Northeast deciduous forest shed their leaves annually in the autumn and early winter. When the dying leaves lose their green color in the fall, reds and golds emerge that create a spectacular display. A new set of leaves grows each spring.

US #4099 Southern Florida Wetland
US #4099
Southern Florida Wetland

Southern Florida’s subtropical wetlands are a vast expanse of saw grass marshes and mangrove swamps that formed about 5,000 years ago. They support a unique variety of wildlife and salt- and fresh-water plants that is found nowhere else.

US #4198 Alpine Tundra
US #4198
Alpine Tundra
Alpine tundra can be found above the tree line in high mountain areas throughout the world. The word tundra is a Lappish word meaning “land of no trees.”  Growing above 11,500 feet, the small tundra grasses, sedges, herbs, and shrubs face frigid weather and winds of more than 170 miles per hour. If damaged, tundra can take hundreds of years to recover.
US #4352 Great Lakes Dunes
US #4352
Great Lakes Dunes

The sand dunes of the Great Lakes region represent the largest freshwater coastal dunes in the world. 

US #4423 Kelp Forest
US #4423
Kelp Forest

Kelp forests are areas under the sea where there is a lot of marine algae called kelp. The forests occur in temperate or arctic oceans along the coast. Many marine animals make their home in the long fronds (or leaves) of the kelp.

US #4474 Hawaiian Rain Forest
US #4474
Hawaiian Rain Forest

Tropical rainforests cover more than 2,500 square miles of the Hawaiian Islands.  The region has tremendous biodiversity, and designer John Dawson, who created the art for the rest of the series, included 24 separate species.  Rainforests experience extremely high amounts of rainfall, and few places are wetter than Hawaii’s forests.  The slopes of Mount Waialeale get about 426 inches of rain per year – with a record of 683 inches in 1982.  That’s nearly 57 feet of precipitation in a year, making it the rainiest place on Earth.

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