November 7, 2015
2014 UNITED STATES (Utah) - Bryce Canyon National Park
Located in southwestern Utah, Bryce Canyon National Park isn't a canyon, but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. It is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. The red, orange, and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views for park visitors. The rim at Bryce varies from 2,400 to 2,700 m, which means a much higher elevation than nearby Zion National Park.
Little is known about early human habitation in the Bryce Canyon area, but archaeological surveys show that people have been in the area for at least 10,000 years. The Paiute Indians moved into the surrounding valleys and plateaus in the area around the same time that the other cultures left. The forests and meadows of Bryce Canyon provide the habitat to support diverse animal life, from birds and small mammals to foxes and occasional bobcats, cougars, and black bears.
About the stamps
Two of the stamps are part of the definitives series American Design (2002-2007), about which I wrote here. About the last stamp, issued to celebrate the Lunar New Year (Year of the Horse, 31 January 2014 - 18 February 2015), I wrote here.
Bryce Canyon National Park - Wikipedia
Sent from Greenvale (New York / United States), on 27.03.2014
Photo: George H. H. Huey
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