by Kevin Allman
2012 is the 200th anniversary of Louisiana statehood, so of course we get a postage stamp to commemorate the occasion. It's being released today. And it's a nice one, so your bills will be extra pretty:
The image, "Flat Lake Sunset," is by Louisiana photographer C.C. Lockwood, and the U.S. Postal Service explains it thusly:
The photograph shows a sunset at Flat Lake in the Atchafalaya Basin, the largest contiguous river swamp in the United States. The bald cypress trees hung with Spanish moss suggest the unique ecosystem of the Basin and the opportunities the area provides for hunting, bird watching, fishing, boating, and camping.
Best of all, it's a "forever" stamp, which means it'll be good for first-class postage even after the next inevitable postal rate hike. Read more about it at the Postal Service website.