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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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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2 Responses to Photo of the Week – November 12, 2015

  1. Jane says:

    Beautiful images, Chris.

  2. Greg Everett says:

    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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