Photo of the Week – May 16, 2013

We spent two days in the southeast corner of Nebraska this week, pulling garlic mustard at our Rulo Bluffs Preserve.  It was the second trip in as many weeks, and there was still plenty to do the second time around.  The preserve is less than 450 acres in size, but feels much bigger when we’re hiking up and down the steep bluffs.

A may apple flower hides beneath the canopy of its own leaves.  The Nature Conservancy's Rulo Bluffs Preserve, Nebraska.

A may apple flower hides beneath the canopy of its own leaves. The Nature Conservancy’s Rulo Bluffs Preserve, Nebraska.

There were still some spring wildflowers in bloom at the Preserve, including the mayapples (Poldophyllum peltatum) shown above.  It was good to see them – they were motivation for slogging up the hill to the next patch of garlic mustard…


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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6 Responses to Photo of the Week – May 16, 2013

  1. ann norz says:

    You enjoy Mayapple too. In Wisconsin, ours are just unwrapping, and stretching their leaves. Spring is just beginning. Ann

  2. Lori Phalen says:

    Hope you stopped along the way to pull that garlic mustard!

  3. Glenn Pollock says:

    Rulo Bluff just does not feel like part of Nebraska.

  4. John I. Blair says:

    It does feel like part of NE Kansas, however, where I spent my seven years in college (at Lawrence). The woods are lovely, dark and deep (to quote Frost); and full of Mayapples in season. Also full of poison ivy, of course.

  5. Dan Glomski says:

    My wife and I were just at Rulo Bluffs myself last weekend looking for warblers. Great hike (once you climb the bluff). I was most struck by the number of paw paw trees blossoming. I haven’t tried paw paw or mayapple, so now I have to return at least twice this year.

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