Photo of the Week – January 14, 2011

A couple years ago, a severe ice storm hit Nebraska, knocking down trees and power lines and coating everything in sight with a thick layer of ice.  For several days, everything was so slick I could barely get around my yard to clean up fallen tree branches, let alone get out to nearby prairies for photography.  Fortunately, my backyard prairie garden was still accessible to me, and I was able to get a couple of decent shots, including this one of rigid goldenrod seed heads.

Rigid goldenrod seed heads encased in ice.


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 – January 14, 2011

  1. Beautiful picture and great post.

  2. love the picture. it looks like it is encased in glass. -Kim

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  4. Benjamin says:

    Wonderful, Chris. I remember this storm well, and got some nice images from it. And time off of work!


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