Little Missouri River featured on Forever Stamp

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WASHINGTON -- A photograph of the Little Missouri River winding through Theodore Roosevelt National Park was previewed today as the 15th of 16 Forever Stamp images to be revealed over a three-week period to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary.

The 16 stamps will be issued June 2 at 32,000 post offices nationwide.

The photograph was taken in July 2013 by Q.T. Luong of San Jose, Calif., who captured the image in the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Luong took the photo during a 20-year project to photograph all 59 national parks.

He was interested in the park’s rugged character and vegetation that set it apart from South Dakota’s Badlands National Park.

“The light of the late afternoon gleaming on the river appeared as a bright ribbon in the landscape,” recounted Luong.

The park includes three units the South Unit, North Unit and Elkhorn Ranch Unit.

“The Little Missouri River provides a link between them, reminding me of the fond memories I cherish from the time I spent there,” he said.