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Pollination

Pollination is an essential part of a garden’s ecosystem that benefits flowering plants and pollinators of various species. This category focuses on pollination through the mediums of digital stamp art and pastels. The digital stamp art portrays the realistic relationship between pollinators and plants.

The framed pastel piece depicts a colorful conceptual image using pollination as a simple theme portraying philanthropy as a giving and sharing relationship. The artwork shown here was developmental only. A different image was selected for the stamp issue.
 

Giving and Sharing Issue

 

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32c Giving and Sharing concept stamp art
32c Giving and Sharing concept stamp art

Giving and Sharing concept stamp art
ISSUE Giving and Sharing
MEDIUM paper; pastel
ILLUSTRATOR Mary GrandPré (concept); Robert Dinetz (final approved)
ART DIRECTOR Richard Sheaff
FIRST DAY OF ISSUE October 7, 1998

 
Concept art doesn’t always become the final stamp design. The development of the Giving and Sharing stamp, a commemorative stamp honoring philanthropy, attracted multiple artists who created many design concepts. The USPS ultimately decided to illustrate the giving and sharing relationship with a bee hovering near a double-blossomed flower to represent cross-pollination.

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Giving and Sharing stamp
Giving and Sharing stamp

Pollination Issue

 

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Pollination Issue original art
Pollination Issue original art

 

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41c Purple Nightshade stamp
41c Purple Nightshade stamp

Purple Nightshade, Morrison’s Bumblebee approved stamp art
ISSUE Pollination
MEDIUM digital editing software
ILLUSTRATOR Steve Buchanan
ART DIRECTOR Richard Sheaff
FIRST DAY OF ISSUE June 29, 2007

The Purple Nightshade is a semi-evergreen perennial plant native to California but also found throughout most of North America. Its blue-purple flowers attract the Morrison’s Bumblebee, which uses its vibrating wings to loosen pollen from the plant.
 

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41c Hummingbird Trumpet, Calliope Hummingbird stamp
41c Hummingbird Trumpet, Calliope Hummingbird stamp

Hummingbird Trumpet, Calliope Hummingbird approved stamp art
ISSUE Pollination
MEDIUM digital editing software
ILLUSTRATOR Steve Buchanan
ART DIRECTOR Richard Sheaff
FIRST DAY OF ISSUE June 29, 2007

The Hummingbird Trumpet is native to the American West. With its profusion of coral or orange flowers, it will light up a garden mid-summer through fall. Its blooms attract the Calliope Hummingbird, which uses its long tongue to extract nectar.
 

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41c Saguaro Cactus, Lesser Long-nosed Bat stamp
41c Saguaro Cactus, Lesser Long-nosed Bat stamp

Saguaro Cactus, Lesser Long-nosed Bat approved stamp art
ISSUE Pollination
MEDIUM digital editing software
ILLUSTRATOR Steve Buchanan
ART DIRECTOR Richard Sheaff
FIRST DAY OF ISSUE June 29, 2007

During late spring in the Sonoran Desert, Saguaro Cactus flowers bloom for just one day. They open at night and emit a melon-like smell, which attracts the Lesser Long-nosed Bat and other bat species. The next day, the flowers attract bees and birds. Once pollinated, the blooms mature into brilliant red fruit.
 

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41c Prairie Ironweed, Southern Dogface Butterfly stamp
41c Prairie Ironweed, Southern Dogface Butterfly stamp

Prairie Ironweed, Southern Dogface Butterfly approved stamp art
ISSUE Pollination
MEDIUM digital editing software
ILLUSTRATOR Steve Buchanan
ART DIRECTOR Richard Sheaff
FIRST DAY OF ISSUE June 29, 2007

Prairie Ironweed plants produce bright purple-crimson flowers that attract the Southern Dogface Butterfly. While hunting for nectar, the Southern Dogface perches on the Ironweed flowers, collecting pollen on its legs and body.