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USPS displays bouquet of Water Lilies stamps

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The four Water Lilies stamps.

The Postal Service marked the start of spring March 20 by dedicating four Water Lilies stamps at a philatelic show in Cleveland.

In anticipation of strong consumer demand, USPS is printing a half-billion of the colorful stamps instead of 20 million to 40 million, the usual run for new stamps.

The stamps depict four classic garden water lilies — aquatic herbs that live in both temperate and tropical climates around the world. The close-up images were shot by Cindy Dyer, who offers garden photography tips on her website.

The stamps can be purchased online and at Post Offices nationwide.

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