Portland photographer's Peace Rose blooms on stamp
Sunday was National Peace Rose Day, and Portland's Rich Baer celebrated by taking home a stamp with his rose on it.
Baer, a professional photographer and past president of the Portland Rose Society, was honored Sunday, April 29, by the American Rose Society in Shreveport, Louisiana, when the U.S. Postal Service unveiled its 2018 Peace Rose Forever stamp with a photograph of a rose taken by Baer.
"It's always been my desire since I began photographing roses exclusively in 1991 to attempt to capture the beauty that I see in my roses so that I can share that with as many people as possible," Baer said. "Having one of my pictures being selected for use on a U.S. postage stamp means that I'll get to share that one bloom with millions of people. Perhaps I can move some people by the beauty of this rose so that they will desire to have some roses in their own garden so that they can experience the beauty every day."
Baer and the U.S. Postal Service have worked in secret for two years to create the stamp. Baer and his wife, Dr. Charold Baer, president of the Portland Rose Society, signed non-disclosure agreements and then sent several images for possible stamps. Postal Service officials selected Rich Baer's favorite as the stamp's image.
Rich Baer's rose photographs has been displayed on 47 American Rose magazine covers, and on more than 2,000 photos in articles, catalogues, newspapers and text books, note cards and calendars. He also has provided photographs to help raise money for several local and national organizations.
The Postal Service sells the Peace Rose stamp on its website.