Photo of the Week – September 23, 2011

Several years ago, Brian Obermeyer of The Nature Conservancy hosted our annual patch-burn grazing working group meeting in the Flint Hills of Kansas.  We stayed overnight at the Flying W ranch, a guest ranch in Chase County, KS.  In the morning, I went for a walk with my camera to see what I could find as the sun was coming up.

Tallgrass prairie, rocks, and the remnants of an old rock fence in the Flint Hills of Kansas.

It was a beautiful morning for a walk, but I was having trouble finding the right shot.  Sometimes smaller prairies are easier to photograph than large ones because there are fewer choices!  Often, when this happens, I pull out my macro lens and start looking for flowers and/or insects to photograph, but I really wanted to capture the landscape I was in, so I kept the wide-angle lens on and kept walking.  Eventually, I came upon an old rock fence and followed it until I found some color and texture to put in front of it.

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About Chris Helzer

Chris Helzer is an ecologist and Eastern Nebraska Program Director for The Nature Conservancy. He supervises the management and restoration of approximately 4,000 acres of land in central and eastern Nebraska - primarily along the central Platte River. Chris is also the author of "The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States", published by the University of Iowa Press.
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9 Responses to Photo of the Week – September 23, 2011

  1. Steve says:

    Great photo Chris.

  2. juliecache says:

    I have the same trouble in getting landscape shots. Nice job. I love the colors of the prairie.

  3. Caroline Coleman says:

    Beautiful color and texture. Although I live in Virginia, the Flint Hills is the place where I want to be!

  4. Just stunning, Chris. It really does make one want to be there!

  5. PS — What is the yellow composite(?) waving around in the breeze there?

  6. Teresa says:

    Wow – really lovely. Makes me wish I could stand right there and watch the light change on the rocks and the sumac. What a view.

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