Photo of the Week – December 22, 2010

We’re still waiting for our first real snow here in my part of Nebraska, which is a little disappointing.  I’m looking forward to a walk through the prairie on the first sunny morning after a snow storm.  It’s then I get to follow the tracks of other creatures who passed by before me.  I also like to see the results of the wind – snow drifts, seeds scattered across the snow, and patterns drawn by leaves and stems that are tethered at one end but free-swinging at the other.

Driven by the wind, a leaf of grass traces a circular pattern in the snow. Lincoln Creek Prairie - Aurora, Nebraska.

Enjoy the holiday season over the next couple of weeks.  I hope, amidst all the family and other events, you’ll have some time to take a walk or two in your own neighborhood prairie.  I know I will.

With or without snow…

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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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One Response to Photo of the Week – December 22, 2010

  1. Gary Zamzow says:

    Hello Chris,
    Have a wonderful Holiday, take care, and stay warm.
    Gary Zamzow

    Life is the flash of a firefly in the night
    It is the breath of a buffalo in the winter
    It is the little shadow which runs across the grass
    and loses itself in the sunset
    – Crowfoot –

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