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.

8 thoughts on “First Snow

  1. julianhoffman December 5, 2011 / 11:01 am

    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. James McGee December 5, 2011 / 11:44 am

    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.


    • Chris Helzer December 5, 2011 / 11:46 am

      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.

  3. Pat Hardesty December 5, 2011 / 5:58 pm

    Thanks for the walk! Love the change in light! No snow here in Missouri yet! May come tonight!

  4. Suzanne Tuttle December 5, 2011 / 8:02 pm

    Great photo set, Chris. I love the final twilight pic.


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