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Alpine Tundra
Date Issued: 2007-08-28
Postage Value: 41 cents

Commemorative issue
Alpine Tundra
Alpine Tundra

Depicted on the Alpine Tundra stamps are 24 animal and plant species, all of which could be encountered on Rocky Mountain's alpine tundra. The stamp is a rendering by artist Dawson, showing the diversity of the mountain's plant and animal fauna in an almost imaginary scene in his beautiful acrylic painting.

Said stamp artist John Dawson: "In nature, there is beauty in the complexity of plants and animals co-existing together in their natural setting. They are featured on the stamps together to showcase the need to help protect our ecosystems and environment."

The stamp pane depicts a summer tundra scene about 12,000 feet high in Rocky Mountain National Park in northern Colorado. Elk and bighorn sheep graze the open areas while smaller mammals — a pika, a yellow-bellied marmot and an ermine — stay close to the rocks, ready to take cover if threatened by a predator, such as the soaring golden eagle. In the air are horned larks, recognized by the black hornlike feathers on their heads and the high-pitched, tinkling notes of their songs. Meanwhile, butterflies flit about rockslides, rest on rocks, and sip nectar from alpine flowers.
 

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