Photo of the Week – December 6, 2012

Every now and then, the light is so spectacular, it’s almost the duty of a photographer to stop and take photos.  The photo below was taken on my way home from work one late afternoon last December.  There was such incredible warmth in the sunlight (in terms of light quality, not temperature) I just had to pull off the road and find something to photograph.  I ended up at a Fish and Wildlife Service Waterfowl Production Area just west of where I live.

Switchgrass and sky with warm winter light.

Switchgrass and sky with warm winter light.  Click for a sharper issue.

It’s at times like these, I’m once again grateful to have a job that allows me the flexibility to pull off the road and grab the camera when the time is right.  (There are some other nice things about the job too.)

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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.

6 thoughts on “Photo of the Week – December 6, 2012

  1. Your photo reminds me of a Panicum I just keyed out. At first I thought it was P. flexile then P. villosissimum. I finally settled on P. lanuginosum (implicatum). I looked in the “Plants Of The Chicago Region” to see if the habitat of this species matches my identification. One line from the description will forever stick in my head when I think about these Panicums. ” — The taxonomy of this species is the stuff of which bad dreams are made.”



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