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A few weeks ago, I took my camera across town for a walk in a small local prairie. There were numerous flowers blooming, but the stiff sunflowers (Helianthus pauciflorus) were stealing the show. I shot quite a few photos of … Continue reading
Recently, we’ve been seeing some very pretty sunrises and sunsets (and moon rises, for that matter) because of a thin veil of smoke in the sky from the western U.S. wildfires. That diffused light makes pretty good opportunities for photos, … Continue reading
Scaly blazingstar (Liatris squarrosa) is just starting to bloom in the Platte River Prairies. It has beautiful and intricate flowers with very long anthers protruding from its tiny blossoms. At least it usually does… I was photographing some blazingstar flowers … Continue reading
Upright yellow coneflower (Ratibida columnifera), aka Mexican hat, is blooming all over the Platte River Prairies right now. As with most showy flowers, the coneflowers are crawling with insects of many kinds. I spent a fun half hour (31 minutes, … Continue reading
The aesthetic values of prairie are more subtle than those in many other ecosystems. There is much beauty to be found, but you sometimes have to look for it – it doesn’t often rise up and slap you in the … Continue reading
Here are two photos that are completely unrelated to each other. Why? Because I feel like it. So there. Ok, I guess both photos were taken in a Nebraska prairie. That’s makes them kind of related, right? 5 points to … Continue reading
It’s been a cold week, though we’re finally starting to warm up again. As a way to feel a little less chilly, I went back through some photos from the summer and found these three shots from late August. All … Continue reading
One of the great things about prairies – and nature in general – is that there is way more to discover than I’ll ever have time for. Especially within the world of invertebrates, there is no shortage of species to … Continue reading
Here are three photos from the last couple weeks that didn’t fit into any particular story or theme. Each is from a different prairie, and each was the result of a quick opportunistic stop in the midst of doing something else. The pitcher sage photo … Continue reading
As we’ve been looking for bees lately, I’ve noticed the abundance of spotted cucumber beetles (Diabrotica undecimpunctata) in our prairies. I’ve primarily noticed them because they are feeding on the pollen of flowers, and from a distance they look like … Continue reading