Photo of the Week – December 23, 2011

Late afternoon light in December can bring beautiful warm color to prairie landscapes, turning drab brown into gold.  I was lucky enough to be in one of our Platte River Prairies this week when the sun finally peeked out from behind the last bank of clouds at the end of an overcast day.

Winter prairie on the Platte River. Derr Sandpit Prairie Restoration.

We live in a beautiful world.  Enjoy your holiday season!

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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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14 Responses to Photo of the Week – December 23, 2011

  1. Rick Schwertfeger says:

    From Austin, Texas:
    Chris,
    Thanks so much for providing us with such a heartfelt connection to the beauty and spirit of such an extraordinary part of our world. I can’t say thank you enough.
    I hope and trust that you and your family will have a wonderful holiday this weekend.

  2. i almost always love your photo of the week. glad to subscribe.

  3. Martha says:

    Can’t wait for the sun to break through the clouds in NE OK.
    Merry Everything.

  4. Ted says:

    Though your blog’s photographic background would be even better if it had mountains in the distance, you are fortunate to be working on America’s very best and most iconic landscape; and we are fortunate that you are sharing it with us. Thanks, Chris! Merry Christmas to you!

  5. Ernest Ochsner says:

    And to you and yours.
    Ernie

  6. Becky says:

    My favorite time of day! Beautiful!
    Continue the spirit throughout the New Year!

  7. Karen Hamburger says:

    Hey Chris
    I am a prairie girl ….. allways have been and allways will be….and all i need is another hill to stumble over to find the teasures there. No mountains…no water falls… nothing dramatic.
    Thanks for the gift of this blog and the incredible photos you are giving us.

    Happy new year
    Karen

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