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I’ve always had a difficult time taking pleasing landscape photos in heavy fog. I love the way prairies and wetlands look on foggy days, but I rarely come away with a scenic photo I’m happy with. Fortunately, I can (and … Continue reading
Who could be mad at these big beautiful brown eyes? As it turns out, lots of people can. The differential grasshopper is one of a long list of native North American species, headlined by white-tailed deer and raccoons, that have … Continue reading
I made my first ever visit to The Nature Conservancy’s Smoky Valley Ranch in western Kansas this week. It won’t be my last. Situated along the boundary between mixed-grass and shortgrass prairie, the Smoky Valley Ranch contains 16,800 acres of … Continue reading
It’s grasshopper season! By the end of summer, most grasshoppers have completed their five or so molts and have become adults – complete with functional wings. Now, as we walk and drive through our prairies, these fully-formed adult grasshoppers … Continue reading
Before I begin this post, let me say thank you to all of you who voted on the photo choices offered up in last Friday’s post. This time, there was no difficulty in determining the winners. About 90% of the … Continue reading
When I was at the Niobrara Valley Preserve in late June, I did some macro photography, in addition to the sunset photo I showed last week. Here are four photos from that trip. . . .
The plains lubber (Brachystola magna) is Nebraska’s largest grasshopper. At about 2 1/4 inches long, and brightly colored, it’s hard to mistake for other species. In fact, of the 108 grasshopper species in Nebraska, the plains lubber is the only one … Continue reading
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
This week our Platte River Prairies are in full autumn regalia. Everywhere you look, big yellow composite flowers, especially sunflowers and goldenrods, dominate the visual landscape. At least 15 different species of yellow flowers are blooming right now. They are set … Continue reading
This poor light-colored grasshopper nymph was nicely camouflaged against the dormant grass in this prairie until a prescribed fire drastically changed its surroundings. This nymph was fortunate to survive the fire, but will now have a bit more trouble hiding … Continue reading