Do you remember gazing up on warm summer nights in search of the brightest star or watching for the glow of the northern lights in the cold dark of winter? These stamps take us back to those magical moments with awe-inspiring photos, by two Canadians, of the night sky’s tranquil beauty.
Issued on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, the pair pays tribute to the organization and its commitment to promote the study of astronomy through public outreach.
Matt Quinn’s photo of the Milky Way, as seen from Bruce Peninsula National Park in Ontario, is an example of how he connects with the natural world. “Photographing the stars makes me pay attention to the ebbs and flows of nature,” explains Quinn. “It reminds me to place my priorities on what truly matters.”
Alberta-based Alan Dyer’s photo of the northern lights over Churchill, Manitoba, is the result of decades of experimentation. Drawn to the ever-changing night sky, he relishes the immediate result that digital cameras have brought to his work. For Dyer, “looking up rekindles a childlike sense of wonder that can add so much enjoyment to our lives.”