Photo of the Week – May 21, 2015

We were working at our Rulo Bluffs Preserve this week.  While Nelson was shredding brush on the ridge tops, I was pulling garlic mustard and killing small trees.  I also found time to take a few photos.  Here is one of a small Symphoricarpus  plant (a small shrub – I’m not sure which species it is.  Probably coralberry).  I liked the way the light from the overcast sky brought out the subtle color and texture in the leaves.

The Nature Conservancy's Rulo Bluffs Preserve.  Nebraska.  Buckbrush (coralberry?) Symphoricarpus sp.

The Nature Conservancy’s Rulo Bluffs Preserve., Nebraska.

I also found a brown snake, a bright red bug nymph, a shiny metallic fly, and more.  I’ll share those photos next week, once I get time to work through them.

 

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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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5 Responses to Photo of the Week – May 21, 2015

  1. This time of year, for a short time, leaves become flowers

    • Chris Helzer says:

      Well said. Not much blooming right now (at least not big showy plants) but there are lots of colors in leaves, stems, and other parts of plants.

      • James McGee says:

        I guess that depends on your definition of “big.” Right now the Lady’s-slipper orchids are saying “not much blooming … showy?” Are we forgotten so quickly? A number of trees are saying “Hey, I’m big and trying hard to get some much deserved attention.”

        • Karen Hamburger says:

          Hey James

          Are you sure you orchids aren’t larkspur?

          Karen

          • James McGee says:

            Yes, I’m sure our local Cypripediums aren’t Delphinium tricorne. Delphinium tricorne is not native where I live and I’ve never seen it. Although “Plants of the Chicago Region” says it has been introduced in some locations within the region.

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