Photo of the Week – September 22, 2016

I was looking through some photos from earlier this year and found one that I’d meant to post back in June but hadn’t.  I like it, and even though it’s a few months late, I hope you like it too.  Better late than never, right?

Spiderwort (Tradescantia occidentalis) and morning dew drops in the Nebraska Sandhills

Prairie spiderwort (Tradescantia occidentalis) and morning dew drops in the Nebraska Sandhills.

Spiderwort is a gorgeous prairie wildflower with a name that might sound off-putting to some.  Of course, other common names for the plant include snot weed and cow slobber (both related to the clear sticky goo that comes out of the leaves when you break them).  Maybe spiderwort isn’t so bad, huh?

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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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4 Responses to Photo of the Week – September 22, 2016

  1. Pat says:

    Beautiful! When I had a garden they were in it. Love the way the image is flipped in the dewdrop.

  2. marilyn says:

    Simply Exquisite!

  3. Claude says:

    Very nice picture ! I find it close to abstract painting… except for the water drop which is so sharply defined and so perfect. One tries to guess what it reflects exactly, which is a funny exercise.

  4. Gay Gilbert says:

    Loved the photo and got a good chuckle from snot weed and cow slopper, have never met them, but can’t wait.

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