Photo of the Week – June 25, 2015

It’s black-eyed susan season!

Black-eyed Susan flowers (Rudbeckia hirta).  The Nature Conservancy's Platte River Prairies, Nebraska.

Black-eyed susan flowers (Rudbeckia hirta). The Nature Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies, Nebraska.

How can I not photograph these flowers?  I have more than enough black-eyed susan flowers in my photo files, but they’re just so STRIKING!  After returning from our Texas vacation, I spent much of Monday scouting our Platte River Prairies to see what prairie seeds were ripe and where the optimal harvest locations were for each species.  For a while, the sun was poking in and out of thin clouds, so I pulled the camera out and looked for something to help me capture the light.  I really did try to find something besides black-eyed susan to photograph, but I just couldn’t do it.




I photographed them from the front, side, and back.  I photographed the flowers, stems, and leaves.  These are just a few of the shots from the 10-15 minutes I spent satisfying my need.  I may have a problem…



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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8 Responses to Photo of the Week – June 25, 2015

  1. shanevano says:

    Hi Chris, do you have a favorite lens for close up photos?

    Shane V.

    “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” Aldous Huxley

    Sent from my iPhone.


  2. Aggie says:

    Beautiful girls. We have several similar varieties around us in north Texas. The ones in the ditch across the street are 6′ tall. Hoping they don’t get mowed!

    • Aggie says:

      I just noticed and am happy to find your book! We are just outside the curve, in the post oak savannah of Red River county, Texas, but I think it will be helpful. We are trying to get natives back where bahia was planted. We had a nice mixture of sedges, forbs, and flowers this spring, and the bahia has competition this summer. Thank you!

  3. marilyn says:

    Love these little sunbursts!

  4. Lovely shots of a lovely flower!

  5. Deb Ratzlaff says:

    But, oh, what a nice problem to have! Keep the photos coming!

  6. Jeannie Patton says:

    I have batches and batches of these girlies in my back yard “native” garden in Boulder. They never cease to make me smile. Thanks for this cheery Friday photo.


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