Photo of the Week – January 7, 2016

Earlier this week, we had a foggy and frosty day.  When the clouds finally started to thin, I popped across town to Lincoln Creek Prairie to see if I could get some photographs of the frost.  Here are a few images I came back with.

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Frosty Lincoln Creek Prairie earlier this week.  Aurora, Nebraska.

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Frost on stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus).

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Tall thistle (Cirsium altissimum).

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Another stiff sunflower.  Sunflowers seem to display frost very attractively.

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See what I mean?  Maximilian sunflower this time (Helianthus maximiliani).

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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 – January 7, 2016

  1. Gay Gilbert says:

    Frost photos are super! Thank you for sharing…..Gay Gilbert

  2. Jane Papsdorf says:

    Great photos of the frost. Thank you for identifying the plants.

  3. Cindy Crosby says:

    Your words and photos are something I look forward to each week! Thank you for sharing them.

  4. marilyn says:

    Tall Thistle tipped with frosty crystals….my favorite! The brevity of these little visual, natural miracles adds to the beauty for me. It’s the small things that you capture so well for your readers; Thanks so much!

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