Lately, I’ve had some great opportunities to photograph big charismatic animals like bison and cute mammals like prairie dogs. During the same period, however, I’ve also managed to make the kind of photographs I’m most drawn to – images of little things like flowers and bugs. Since much of what I’ve posted lately (the dung beetles post notwithstanding) has been bigger wildlife, I decided to share a selection of more close-up views of prairies today.
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) from beneath. The Nature Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies, Nebraska.
Prairie cicada at The Nature Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley Preserve, Nebraska.
Prairie wild rose (Rosa arkansana) at the Niobrara Valley Preserve.
Katydid nymph on upright prairie coneflower. Platte River Prairies.
Side-oats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula). Platte River Prairies, Nebraska.
Broad sweeping vistas and big stompy animals add drama to prairie landscapes, but most of the complexity and function actually happens at a very small scale. Sometimes it’s nice to just pause and enjoy the little things.
Yes! I like the nymph photo especially. Don’t think I’ve ever seen one of those IRL. When I first got a camera, playing with the macro setting was the most fun, because it revealed things you cannot see well with a naked eye. I am really enjoying learning more about prairies through your blog!
Love these! Thank you!
Really enjoy the intricateness of the photos- thanks.