Photo of the Week – December 6, 2012

Every now and then, the light is so spectacular, it’s almost the duty of a photographer to stop and take photos.  The photo below was taken on my way home from work one late afternoon last December.  There was such incredible warmth in the sunlight (in terms of light quality, not temperature) I just had to pull off the road and find something to photograph.  I ended up at a Fish and Wildlife Service Waterfowl Production Area just west of where I live.

Switchgrass and sky with warm winter light.

Switchgrass and sky with warm winter light.  Click for a sharper issue.

It’s at times like these, I’m once again grateful to have a job that allows me the flexibility to pull off the road and grab the camera when the time is right.  (There are some other nice things about the job too.)

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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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6 Responses to Photo of the Week – December 6, 2012

  1. Beautiful shot! Congrats =)

  2. Love this pic! So glad you pulled off the road to take it and then sending it on to us.

  3. Becky says:

    Well done!

  4. john says:

    That is an awesome shot.

  5. James C. Trager says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for posting.

  6. James McGee says:

    Your photo reminds me of a Panicum I just keyed out. At first I thought it was P. flexile then P. villosissimum. I finally settled on P. lanuginosum (implicatum). I looked in the “Plants Of The Chicago Region” to see if the habitat of this species matches my identification. One line from the description will forever stick in my head when I think about these Panicums. ” — The taxonomy of this species is the stuff of which bad dreams are made.”

    James

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