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
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
in their on-line philatelic magazine,
Beyond the Perf,
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
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
It was in the fall of 1976, when
a cold front had just passed through that he found the right
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
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.