Louisiana Bicentennial Stamp



 ©U.S.  Postal Services 2011

     CC Lockwood’s iconic image, “Flat Lake Sunset,” has been chosen by the USPS to be the official bicentennial stamp.  The actual stamp will be released in a ceremony on Louisiana's  200th birthday, April 30, 2012 and stamps will be for sale in all post offices.

     On December 29, 2011 the stamp was unveiled at a ceremony at the Kent Plantation House, in Alexandria at the first bicentennial kick off event.  Louisiana will be  200 years old. On December 30, 2011 the USPS announced the stamp on their Facebook page and in their on-line philatelic magazine, Beyond the Perf, at

     Flat Lake Sunset is one of CC Lockwood’s favorite images.  In his early years in the Atchafalaya swamp, the peaceful sunsets were one of the things that kept him so enthralled with this massive river basin swamp.  Wildlife and the perfect sunset were what CC looked for in those early years exploring the Atchafalaya.

     It took three years  to capture that sunset quest. He knew Flat Lake would be a perfect place  It was in the fall of 1976, when a cold front had just passed through that he found the right light.  Flat Lake was vegetation free, after the high water years of 1973-1975 and at a perfect water level to show off the knees.  The trees were well hung with spanish moss.  It all came together for this image and especially so when his Nikon clicked just as a bass jumped on the left side of the images.

     Although he has taken hundreds more sunsets around this lake, none can meet that one shot, a Henri Cartier-Bresson "decisive moment"

     A limited edition framed set of stamp and photograph will be offered.  A portion of the sales will be donated to the Louisiana Bicentennial commission.

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