Tag Archives: autumn

Photo of the Week – November 14, 2013

Last week, I took a short early morning trip out to my family prairie.  As the sun came up, its light was caught beautifully by the fuzzy seeds of various prairie plants, particularly stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida) and dotted gayfeather … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – November 7, 2013

Forests are not the only habitats that have beautiful leaves in autumn.  Here are two photos of a common prairie plant, wild bergamot (aka beebalm or Monarda fistulosa).  Both photos were taken yesterday in a small restored prairie. . As … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – October 24, 2013

I spent yesterday along the North Platte River, about 150 miles upstream (west) of our Platte River Prairies.  The wind picked up in the afternoon, and leaves from the cottonwood trees in the riparian woodland were dropping and blowing all around. I was driving … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – October 12, 2012

It’s been a windy week, but there was a lull for a few hours yesterday morning.  I took advantage of some early morning light and took my camera for a walk in a local prairie.  There was a lot of red and gold … Continue reading

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A Prolonged Visit

Sandhill cranes are regular visitors along the Platte River.  During the spring, more than half a million cranes stage here from mid February through early April.  Once they build up sufficient fat reserves they continue north to breed in Minnesota and Canada.  In the … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – October 28, 2011

For a prairie photographer who likes to shoot close-ups of flowers and insects, there’s no easier target in the fall than milkweed seeds.  The photos below were taken several weeks ago at one of my favorite local prairies.  Common milkweed … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – October 21, 2011

Garden spiders, aka black and yellow argiopes, are one of the most recognizable spiders in many prairies (not to mention backyards).  In fact, my kids spent several weeks this August doing daily checks on one big spider in our yard, feeding … Continue reading

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Last Gasp of Summer

Below are photos taken a week or so ago from a prairie here in Aurora, Nebraska.  It’s the time of year when everything is preparing for winter.  Most plants are done blooming and entering dormancy.  A few are squeezing a … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – The Prairie Ecologist

Grasshoppers are a major ecological force in prairies.  They’re also fascinating creatures when you really look at them closely. To many gardeners, farmers, and ranchers, grasshoppers are seen as an adversary.  Unfortunately, that categorization ignores a much more complex story.  First of … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – November 24, 2010

Sometimes the world gives me a big dope slap and reminds me to stop and look around.  This photo comes from exactly that kind of moment. It was late afternoon and I was on an ATV, returning to the shop from … Continue reading

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