Photo of the Week – February 5, 2015

Snow!  The long range forecast last fall called for a wet winter, but we’ve had very little snow so far.  This week, we finally got a couple good snow storms (and two days of cancelled school).  However, the high temperatures is rising into the 50’s (F) tomorrow and it will be warm all weekend, so the snow will be short-lived.

I took my camera for a short walk after each of the snows this week, and managed to get a few photos (mostly close-ups, of course).  Here are three of them:

Frost on prairie grasses.  Leadership Center Prairie.  Aurora, Nebraska.

Frost  and snow on prairie grasses. Leadership Center Prairie. Aurora, Nebraska.

Ice on the seed head of switchgrass.  Leadership Center Prairie.  Aurora, Nebraska.

Ice on the seed head of switchgrass. Leadership Center Prairie. Aurora, Nebraska.

A small aster (or relative) flower poking out of the snow at sunset.  Springer Basin Waterfowl Production Area, west of Aurora, Nebraska.

A small aster (or close relative) flower peeking out of the snow at sunset. Springer Basin Waterfowl Production Area, west of Aurora, Nebraska.

 

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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.
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3 Responses to Photo of the Week – February 5, 2015

  1. Eliza Perry says:

    That ice on switchgrass photo is fantastic.

  2. beingbodeker says:

    Exceptional photography.

  3. marilyn says:

    Cool blue of the snow contrast with the warm beige of the little aster; I like the implied movement too, the way the petals are radiating out and the streak of light on the snow leads the eye out and away! Nice!

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