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Art in Nature - new stamps from Australia Post

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The beauty of nature is celebrated by Australia Post, through four new Art in Nature postage stamps and miniature sheet.

The stamps feature aerial photography images which capture pattern, symmetry and colours which are not always apparent when viewed from ground level.

The natural landscapes shown demonstrate nature's ability to mimic art, and its potential to inspire human awe.

Landmarks featured on the four stamps are:

$1 Shark Bay, Western Australia

Located about half way up Western Australia’s west coast, Shark Bay is a spectacular World Heritage–listed area that stretches along 1,500 kilometres of coastline. It includes several islands, white sand beaches, red cliffs and tranquil turquoise lagoons, and is home to remarkable biological diversity and marine life. Showing the shifting sands of this coastal idyll, the photograph was taken on a Phase One IQ280 80 mega pixel camera.

$1 Lake MacDonnell, South Australia

Lake MacDonnell is near the South Australian township of Penong, about 850 kilometres west of Adelaide. Mineral deposits give the lake its brilliant pink colour. The lake is responsible for the harvest of huge amounts of salt, and is also a key source of gypsum, having the largest deposits of this mineral in Australia. Taken on a Phase One IQ280 80 mega pixel camera, the photograph shows a roadway cleaving the waters of the brine lake.

$1 Wyadup Rocks, Western Australia

Wyadup Rocks are on Injidup beach, in the Margaret River region of Western Australia, along a stretch of coast known for its fine surf. The Wyadup outcrop is a meeting point of rocky boulders, pale sand and deep-turquoise sea. Ocean waves crash across the rocks filling natural rock pools, providing for a heavenly bathing experience. The photograph shows the interface of waters and sand, and was taken on a Phase One IQ280 80 mega pixel camera.

$1 Cape Capricorn, Queensland

Cape Capricorn lies on the north-eastern tip of Curtis Island, which is north-east of Gladstone, Queensland. The site was named by James Cook during his 1770 voyage up Australia’s east coast for its precise location on the Tropic of Capricorn, at a latitude of 23° 30’ S. Taken in 1997 on an analogue camera (a Pentax 6x7 camera using Ektachrome 100 film), the photograph shows an estuary and sand banks.

Stamp details

Issue date: 12 June 2018

Printer: EGO Print

Design: Andrew Hogg Design

Photography: Christian Fletcher, Richard Woldendorp

Perforations: 14.4  x 14

Stamp size: 50mm x 30mm

To purchase the stamps, visit the Australia Post website.

Images copyright Australia Post.

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