Photo of the Week – February 27, 2015

Here are two photos that are completely unrelated to each other.

Why?  Because I feel like it.

So there.

An old truck in a snowy prairie.  Leadership Center Prairie - Aurora, Nebraska.

An old truck in a snowy prairie. Leadership Center Prairie – Aurora, Nebraska.  February 2015.

Long-horned bee (Melissodes sp) on stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus).  The Nature Conservancy's Platte River Prairies.

Long-horned bee (Melissodes sp) on stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus). The Nature Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies.  August, 2014.

Ok, I guess both photos were taken in a Nebraska prairie.  That’s makes them kind of related, right?

5 points to anyone who can come up with other good (or at least funny) suggestions of relationships between the two images.

Have a good weekend.


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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24 Responses to Photo of the Week – February 27, 2015

  1. Marneymae says:

    The snow billowy & set at the upper curved edge of the headlight
    Has a similar feel to the fuzzy critter perched on the upper curved edge of the flower’s center

  2. Paul says:

    First thought that popped into my head was the multifaceted headlight lens and its relationship to the compound eye of the bee. Sorry, Chris – haven’t had coffee yet this morning!

  3. Todd says:

    They both have horns. Not sure if the one on the car still works or not.

  4. Susan Gretz says:

    Easy! Bee’s eye = truck’s headlamp
    Pollen = snow

    Practically the same image!

    Thanks for helping us appreciate all the art in nature, Chris.

    Susan Gretz — Senior Attorney — The Nature Conservancy – +1-612-331-0779 —

  5. Novalene thurston says:

    Facets…in the bee’s eyes and truck headlight lenses! Five points, please!

  6. Joanne says:

    Headlamps on the truck and bee one each, makes the plural lamps. By the way, I love old trucks and bees

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  8. Lorrie says:

    Snow in the winter leaves moisture for sunflowers in the summer!

  9. Dan Liles says:

    Both photos start out with a yellow base. The car and the flower.

  10. Chris Helzer says:

    Nice work, everyone! Some very good ideas here… Todd’s comment on horns is worth 5 points for sure, and Paul was the first to point out the similarity between the multifaceted headlight and bee eye, so 5 to him as well.

  11. Patti Holmlund says:

    The driver of the truck was wearing one of those wrist bouquets that women wear sometimes because she was heading to the dance in town. A passing bee happened to not only smell the scent of the colorful flowers, but with her ultra violet sight couldn’t help but notice an intriguing pattern on one of the petals. So, into the truck the bee flew causing the startled (but not afraid) driver to veer off the road and into the field. The driver was so embarrassed she decided not to tell anyone, but instead walk into town which wasn’t far. That turned out to be a lucky since another (bachelor) farmer was headed to the same dance, stopped, and offered our driver a ride. The rest is history, as they say, but the truck remains not only to remind the happy couple, but has become the home of bees and over the years our driver’s old truck has been surrounded by sunflowers which all bees love. That is how the pictures are related!

  12. Larry says:

    They both spent a large part of their lives in delivering the goods!

  13. The bee looks covered with tiny flakes of snow as the truck is also.

  14. excellent compositions in the eye of our spy on the prairie; macro lens for micro views

  15. Mary Jane Everett says:

    A bee and a (truck) bonnet?

  16. tony says:

    um… looks like an old bee-ter?

  17. Julie Malake says:

    The eyes of the bee do look a lot like the truck’s “eyes”…

  18. Craig Hemsath says:

    Opposite ends of the year, 6 months apart

  19. kisingov says:

    Bee’s eye resembles truk’s head light. Truk’s vertical front vents resemble bee’s belly stripes. Horizontal truk’s vent bars like bee’s legs fold in!

    Sent from the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro, an AT&T LTE smartphone

  20. I enjoyed the photos and all the ideas people had for how they relate to each other.

  21. Sara McClure says:

    Covered in snow and covered in pollen.

  22. Misi Ballard says:

    The bees nested in the truck, unbeknownst to you, when you were a teenager, and you had an unhappy introduction to them that resulted in your running the truck off the dirt road, into the meadow where it still sits and the bees continue to nest there.

  23. James C. Trager says:

    How about this ? … When the old car is hauled off, there will be a patch of bare soil left behind, in which an aggregation of that species of bee can dig its burrow nests.


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