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 doing some work on one of our prairies, when I suddenly realized that the light around me was pretty stunning, and the clouds and prairie weren’t too shabby-looking either.  Fortunately, although I didn’t have my “good” camera with me, I did have the sense to carry my little digital camera with me, and I was able to squeeze off a few shots before the light went away.

Restored sand prairie in late autumn - Platte River Prairies, Nebraska.

Even in the late fall after everything is well past blooming, and even most of the fluffy seeds have fallen, prairies are still beautiful.

I can’t imagine working anywhere else.


About Chris Helzer

Chris Helzer is the Director of Science for The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska. His main role is to evaluate and capture lessons from the Conservancy’s land management and restoration work and then share those lessons with other landowners – both private and public. In addition, Chris works to raise awareness about the importance of prairies and their conservation through his writing, photography, and presentations to various groups. Chris is also the author of "The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States", published by the University of Iowa Press. He lives in Aurora, Nebraska with his wife Kim and their children.
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4 Responses to Photo of the Week – November 24, 2010

  1. Brad Mellema says:

    Nice capture Chris.

    The very best camera in the world is whatever camera you have with you at any given time.

  2. Tawny autumn against a blue November sky is an unbeatable color combination!

  3. Gary Zamzow says:



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