Photo of the Week – November 12, 2015

Most prairie plants have now traded their summer colors for the browns and golds of fall.  The low angle of the sun this time of year shines rich warm light across the grassland.  As a special bonus, crisp fall mornings often provide a beautiful frosty glaze that perfectly accents the texture and colors of autumn prairie plants .  Last weekend, I enjoyed the combination of all those factors during a brief but pleasant morning outing.

Stiff sunflower with frost. Lincoln Creek Prairie, Aurora, Nebraska.
Stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus) and frost. Lincoln Creek Prairie, Aurora, Nebraska.
Roundheaded bushclover (Lespedeza capitata)
Roundheaded bushclover (Lespedeza capitata).
Canada milkvetch with frost. Lincoln Creek Prairie, Aurora, Nebraska.
When everything else is brown, any remaining green – including these Canada milkvetch (Astragalus canadensis) leaves – really stands out …especially when edged in frost.

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2 thoughts on “Photo of the Week – November 12, 2015

  1. Jane November 13, 2015 / 5:52 am

    Beautiful images, Chris.

  2. Greg Everett November 13, 2015 / 10:38 am

    Your posts repeatedly remind me of why I’m a biologist. I open up your emails even when I’m too busy to open emails that aren’t work related. Great stuff.

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