Photo of the Week – September 24, 2015

I showed up a little early for a meeting at our Platte River Prairies field headquarters this week.  While waiting for the others to arrive, I took advantage of morning sunlight filtering through the fog to photograph a few insects stuck in the dew.  I found a few big robber flies and dragonflies that were so cool and wet that I was able to stick my lens as close to them as I liked.  Here are four photos, two each of a robber fly and dragonfly.

Robberfly. TNC Platte River Prairies, Nebraska.

Robber fly. The Nature Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies, Nebraska.

Robberfly. TNC Platte River Prairies, Nebraska.

A more up close and personal view of the same robber fly.

Dragonfly and dew. TNC Platte River Prairies, Nebraska.

A meadowhawk (dragonfly) in a patch of western ragweed.  This is migration season, and there were several of these nearby.

Dragonfly and dew. TNC Platte River Prairies, Nebraska.

A second look at the same dragonfly.

Nothing like some dew and nice light to make me look like a great photographer!


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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6 Responses to Photo of the Week – September 24, 2015

  1. Peter Dunwiddie says:

    I wonder what it must feel (and look) like to have dew on your eyeballs…

  2. Betty says:

    Beautiful photos!

  3. Lisa Woerly says:

    Wonderful! I really enjoy reading your posts. Thank you!

  4. Gisela Fisher says:

    Love your close-ups… and all of your pictures. What size lens do you use for the close-ups?

  5. Ed May says:

    You are a great photographer!! Which one of the Sand Hills pictures ended up being the most popular? Ed

    Sent from my iPhone

  6. mark nupen says:

    very nice indeed.

    do you use a tripod????


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