Photo of the Week – September 23, 2011

Several years ago, Brian Obermeyer of The Nature Conservancy hosted our annual patch-burn grazing working group meeting in the Flint Hills of Kansas.  We stayed overnight at the Flying W ranch, a guest ranch in Chase County, KS.  In the morning, I went for a walk with my camera to see what I could find as the sun was coming up.

Tallgrass prairie, rocks, and the remnants of an old rock fence in the Flint Hills of Kansas.

It was a beautiful morning for a walk, but I was having trouble finding the right shot.  Sometimes smaller prairies are easier to photograph than large ones because there are fewer choices!  Often, when this happens, I pull out my macro lens and start looking for flowers and/or insects to photograph, but I really wanted to capture the landscape I was in, so I kept the wide-angle lens on and kept walking.  Eventually, I came upon an old rock fence and followed it until I found some color and texture to put in front of it.


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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9 Responses to Photo of the Week – September 23, 2011

  1. Steve says:

    Great photo Chris.

  2. juliecache says:

    I have the same trouble in getting landscape shots. Nice job. I love the colors of the prairie.

  3. Caroline Coleman says:

    Beautiful color and texture. Although I live in Virginia, the Flint Hills is the place where I want to be!

  4. Just stunning, Chris. It really does make one want to be there!

  5. PS — What is the yellow composite(?) waving around in the breeze there?

  6. Teresa says:

    Wow – really lovely. Makes me wish I could stand right there and watch the light change on the rocks and the sumac. What a view.


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