Photo of the Week – February 20, 2015

Nebraska’s Central Platte River always becomes a focus of attention about this time of year as migratory ducks and geese descend upon the river by the thousands and millions, followed shortly after by a half million sandhill cranes.  This year, the river grabbed our attention a little early when ice jams shunted flowing water across several thousand acres of nearby land, including some of our prairie.  I’ll provide some more descriptions and photos of that event next week, but for today, here are two images I took yesterday as I walked around an ice field sitting on top of that prairie.

(And don’t worry, the flood shouldn’t cause any major damage to the prairies, though we’ll be watching closely for a potential influx of invasive plants brought in by the water and rebuilding a few fences.)

Ice
A crust of ice across the top of a prairie slough cracked apart as the water receded beneath it.  The Nature Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies, Nebraska.
ice
A prairie slough, normally a groundwater-fed wetland, flowed with river water for a week or so during the flood.

.

 

5 thoughts on “Photo of the Week – February 20, 2015

  1. Cindy Crosby February 20, 2015 / 9:41 am

    Love your water pix — these are fantastic! Thank you for sharing the prairie through the seasons.

  2. Jean C Smith February 20, 2015 / 10:27 am

    The slough photo is particularly good. Like your use of “slough” – do you know Barry Lopez’ book Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape. To add to his definition, when I lived in the Inter-Lake region of southern Manitoba, anything wet that wasn’t a river or a like was called a slough.

    • Chris Helzer February 21, 2015 / 11:03 am

      Hi Jean, I don’t know the book, but I like his definition!

  3. tony February 22, 2015 / 8:53 pm

    seasonal flooding on the prairies, thats awesome

PLEASE COMMENT ON THIS POST!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.