Photo of the Week – January 2, 2014

I’ve had a couple recent posts about the timelapse imagery from our Derr Wetland restoration.  We get to see some amazing things when there are cameras out there shooting photographs at regular intervals…

At the Derr Wetland, we have one installation that employs two cameras mounted right next to each other, allowing us to merge images from them into wide panoramas.  I’ve done just that with four pairs of images that show a pretty good range of conditions and seasons at the site, including quite a bit of variation in water level over time.  The photos are also pretty attractive for just being automated shots.  You can click on each image to see a bigger, sharper version.  I hope you enjoy them:

July 13, 2012. A prairie ecologist talks to a tour group about the restored wetland site and is caught on camera doing so.

July 13, 2012.
A prairie ecologist talks to a tour group about the restored wetland site during the drought of 2012.

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November 30, 2012.   Clouds turn pink from post-sunset light on a late fall evening.

November 30, 2012.
Clouds turn pink from post-sunset light on a late fall evening.

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February 25, 2013. A flock of migratory Canada geese enjoys the snow-covered wetland.

February 25, 2013.
A flock of migratory Canada geese enjoys the open water and the snow-covered surroundings.

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October 16, 2013. The groundwater level rose this fall after irrigation was over and we had some good rains in the area.

October 16, 2013.
The groundwater level rose this fall after irrigation was over and we had some good rains in the area.  As a result, some of the higher side channels filled up with water.

For more information on this kind of timelapse photography, contact Moonshell Media.

You can see more timelapse imagery from this site here and here.

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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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4 Responses to Photo of the Week – January 2, 2014

  1. Derr Wetland is a really special part of your domain there in central Nebraska, Chris (even though not that great for ants). I love seeing your pictures of it going through the seasons.

    • Chris Helzer says:

      I agree, James. I feel lucky to be able to visit frequently (I was there today, in fact!). It’s even better since I got to design and restore much of it personally, and oversee the rest. A very personal connection to a very special place.

  2. Sue Coder Kagarise says:

    I love that lonely tree. I don’t see many of them here in Georgia!

  3. Dale Jundt says:

    Being a native Nebraska farm boy from Northeast Nebraska, and now having lived in Florida for 34 years, I really appreciate these pictures. I feel just a little bit “homesick” every time I see them, and I’m over 70, so I should be way too old to be homesick!! On the other hand, Nebraska will always be “home” to me. Keep the wonderful pictures coming!

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