First Snow

We got our first snow of the season this weekend.  Last night, I spent a couple hours walking with my camera at our family prairie south of town.  The warm and dry November weather was really nice, but it was good to be out in the snow again. 


Late afternoon sunshine made the tall grasses glow, and set them off nicely against the backdrop of snow.


Ragweed plants caught snow in their branches, making them look like little dancing ladies.


Wind and birds had knocked grass seeds, including this indiangrass seed, from the stems. This early in the winter, seeds are still abundant and tracks of birds and small mammals showed that many of them were being harvested from the snow.


It was nearly dark when I finished my walk. There was just enough light from the last glow of sunlight on the horizon to silhouette this false gromwell plant (Onosmodium molle) against the drifted 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.

8 thoughts on “First Snow

  1. Lovely images of a gorgeous landscape, Chris. Just seeing the prairie stretch away there gives me a tingle to start walking it as far as it goes. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying these posts of yours. Thanks…

  2. Chris, That last picture really gives the feeling of cold on the prairie. The best part is I bet you weren’t even that cold.


    • James – you’re right. I was actually sweating pretty good from walking through the snow and hills for a couple hours. It was probably 30 degrees at the time, with no wind. A beautiful evening.


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