Photo of the Week – December 23, 2011

Late afternoon light in December can bring beautiful warm color to prairie landscapes, turning drab brown into gold.  I was lucky enough to be in one of our Platte River Prairies this week when the sun finally peeked out from behind the last bank of clouds at the end of an overcast day.

Winter prairie on the Platte River. Derr Sandpit Prairie Restoration.

We live in a beautiful world.  Enjoy your holiday season!

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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.

14 thoughts on “Photo of the Week – December 23, 2011

  1. From Austin, Texas:
    Thanks so much for providing us with such a heartfelt connection to the beauty and spirit of such an extraordinary part of our world. I can’t say thank you enough.
    I hope and trust that you and your family will have a wonderful holiday this weekend.

  2. Though your blog’s photographic background would be even better if it had mountains in the distance, you are fortunate to be working on America’s very best and most iconic landscape; and we are fortunate that you are sharing it with us. Thanks, Chris! Merry Christmas to you!

  3. Hey Chris
    I am a prairie girl ….. allways have been and allways will be….and all i need is another hill to stumble over to find the teasures there. No mountains…no water falls… nothing dramatic.
    Thanks for the gift of this blog and the incredible photos you are giving us.

    Happy new year

  4. Pingback: Photo of the Week – January 6, 2012 | The Prairie Ecologist


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