Photo of the Week – January 31, 2013

Another photo from the archives this week – June, 1996, in fact.  These cottonwood leaves were lying on the sandy bank of a small stream at The Nature Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley Preserve.  A cluster of leaves had fallen from a nearby tree and were just starting to dry out and lose their color.  There was something about the pattern of textures and colors that I really liked.

Cottonwood leaves at The Nature Conservancy's Niobrara Valley Preserve, Nebraska.

Cottonwood leaves at The Nature Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley Preserve, Nebraska.

Fun Fact: this is the only photo of mine that is hanging in our house.


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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5 Responses to Photo of the Week – January 31, 2013

  1. I was just thinking that would be a great pic on my wall. :)

  2. timupham says:

    The Platte River Prairies have cottonwood trees. Bald eagles will perch on them, in search of surfacing fish and waterfowl weak from waterfowl cholera.

  3. Sarah Boon says:

    beautiful shot – I can see why it’s hanging in your house! We have cottonwoods in our backyard (bad suburban planning move of the 70s). The leaves never look this lovely. :)

  4. N. says:

    Cottonwoods rock for many reasons. Beauty, sound, usefulness. But that is a very very nice pic. May I steal it for my desktop?


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