First Snow

We got our first snow of the season this weekend.  Last night, I spent a couple hours walking with my camera at our family prairie south of town.  The warm and dry November weather was really nice, but it was good to be out in the snow again. 

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Late afternoon sunshine made the tall grasses glow, and set them off nicely against the backdrop of snow.

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Ragweed plants caught snow in their branches, making them look like little dancing ladies.

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Wind and birds had knocked grass seeds, including this indiangrass seed, from the stems. This early in the winter, seeds are still abundant and tracks of birds and small mammals showed that many of them were being harvested from the snow.

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It was nearly dark when I finished my walk. There was just enough light from the last glow of sunlight on the horizon to silhouette this false gromwell plant (Onosmodium molle) against the drifted snow.

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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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8 Responses to First Snow

  1. Lovely images of a gorgeous landscape, Chris. Just seeing the prairie stretch away there gives me a tingle to start walking it as far as it goes. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying these posts of yours. Thanks…
    Best,
    Julian

  2. The last shot is breathtaking!

  3. James McGee says:

    Chris, That last picture really gives the feeling of cold on the prairie. The best part is I bet you weren’t even that cold.

    James

    • Chris Helzer says:

      James – you’re right. I was actually sweating pretty good from walking through the snow and hills for a couple hours. It was probably 30 degrees at the time, with no wind. A beautiful evening.

  4. Pat Hardesty says:

    Thanks for the walk! Love the change in light! No snow here in Missouri yet! May come tonight!

  5. Great photo set, Chris. I love the final twilight pic.

  6. Oh so Beautiful!!! Breath Taking :) I want to live there:) Great photography!!!

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