Photos, not Politics

I felt like a little natural beauty might do us all some good today.

Four-point evening primrose (Oenothera rhombipetala) and sunrise in sand prairie at The Nature Conservancy's Platte River Prairies, Nebraska.

Four-point evening primrose (Oenothera rhombipetala) and sunrise in sand prairie at The Nature Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies, Nebraska.

Dragonfly in Pawnee County, Nebraska

Dragonfly in Pawnee County, Nebraska

TNC Niobrara Valley Preserve, Nebraska.

The Nature Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley Preserve, Nebraska.

Liatris aspera, blazing star. Lincoln Creek Prairie.

 Blazing star (Liatris aspera). Lincoln Creek Prairie.  Aurora, Nebraska.

Katydid nymph on black-eyed susan. Aurora, Nebraska

Katydid nymph on black-eyed Susan. Aurora, Nebraska

Bison at The Nature Conservancy's Niobrara Valley Preserve - Nebraska.

Bison at The Nature Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley Preserve – Nebraska.

Shell leaf penstemon and rainwater. Niobrara Valley Preserve, Nebraska.

Shell leaf penstemon and rainwater. Niobrara Valley Preserve, Nebraska.

(INTERNAL RIGHTS ONLY, CREDIT IS MANDATORY) Sunrise over meadow along Central Platte River, Nebraska. Hall County, Nebraska. May 1995. TNC Caveny Tract. Cottonwood tree. Lowland tallgrass prairie. Central Mixed-Grass Ecoregion. © Chris Helzer

Cottonwood tree, fog, prairie, and sunrise.  The Nature Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies.

Caterpillar on pitcher sage (Salvia azurea). TNC's Derr Tract. Central Platte River, Nebraska

Caterpillar, ant and inchworm on pitcher sage (Salvia azurea). Platte River Prairies, Nebraska

Crab spider on annual sunflower in sandhills prairie at The Nature Conservancy's Niobrara Valley Preserve. North-central Nebraska.

Crab spider and ant on annual sunflower in sandhills prairie at The Nature Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley Preserve.

Water droplets on spider silk on a foggy day. The Nature Conservancy's Platte River Prairies, Nebraska.

Water droplets on spider silk on a foggy day. The Nature Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies, Nebraska.

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Autumn prairie. The Nature Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley Preserve.

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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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43 Responses to Photos, not Politics

  1. Larry Fancher says:

    America The Beautiful

  2. Kris D. says:

    Thank you.

  3. Gay Gilbert says:

    Thank you for this! Yes the sun did come up in spite of the political disaster! I only hope we can continue to protect and effectively steward the beauty you’ve reminded us of…..thanks for all you do to keep America beautiful!

  4. Deborah says:

    Chris,
    Thank you.

  5. Chris Muldoon says:

    Thanks, Chris. We needed this to focus on the good.

  6. Thank you. Beautiful scenes – and definitely needed today! I think the caterpillar is a Salt Marsh Moth Caterpillar – Estigmene acrea.

  7. Joanne says:

    A breath of fresh air came out of Nebraska this morning via your photos. Thanks, Chris
    They are all beautiful, as is Nebraska.

  8. Marilyn Lanser says:

    Thank You! I needed those glorious photos of natural things, today and everyday. Reading Wendell Berry’s “Peace of Wild Things” helps the soul, too.

  9. Peggy Tilgner says:

    Shows the beauty of the prairie. Especially love the Niobrara photos. I miss living up there.

  10. marknupen says:

    Ah, Chris you nailed it again! Thanks and fun to see. Our Namekagon Barrens in northwestern Wisconsin has some of the same scenarios and I grew up in the Sonoran Desert of south central Arizona. The open natural beauty is stunning. Sometimes hard to get people out of their cars and look down as well as up. HAH!! Beautiful!!!

  11. Galen Hasler says:

    I needed this today. Thanks

  12. rstinejr says:

    Well appreciated. Thanks!

  13. Janet Schlicht says:

    Thanks for this reminder of how beautiful our country is in spite of the Darkness that has now settled on us.

  14. jlayer says:

    Thank you so very much. I DO need this.

  15. Theo Michaels says:

    Thank you so much for this Chris.

    On Wed, Nov 9, 2016 at 8:28 AM, The Prairie Ecologist wrote:

    > Chris Helzer posted: “I felt like a little natural beauty might do us all > some good today. ” >

  16. caryanne says:

    As always, Chris, your images are amazing. Thanks so much for the lift!

  17. Mary Voges says:

    Chris, thank you so much for sending this to us today.

  18. mmndragonfly says:

    Thank you. Beautiful shots. Linda Williams Liberty, MO

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  19. Noel Rose says:

    I love your photos. They give me a lift. Thank you. Noel

  20. Robert Dana says:

    I turned the photo of the water droplets on the spider thread upside down and zoomed in, hoping to get a wide-angle view of the prairie. Maybe the resolution of the posted image has been reduced for the web, but the scene viewed through these tiny lenses is too blurry to make out any detail. Some intriguing darker brown blobs in the foreground–bison? bos?

  21. Gisela Fisher says:

    You outdid yourself in sharing some of your great pictures. Thank you!

  22. Teresa says:

    Thank you! Very much appreciated today.

  23. Ed May says:

    What great pictures Chris. Thank you! >

  24. Kelly says:

    I needed this – THANK YOU! Thanks for ALL of your wonderful photos & posts, but it’s especially appreciated today. Thanks for reminding me about the best parts of this country.

  25. Beautiful images and wonderful therapy, Chris. Also, your responses confirm that there are still many who care for the world beyond politics, economics and human conflict. I do need to believe that. Watching carefully from Australia.

  26. Sarah Orr says:

    Exactly what I needed to see today. So beautiful! I hope this extraordinary scenery will be able to be seen for generations to come. Thank you Chris!

  27. Pat Halderman says:

    Thank you! I needed this today.

  28. Patrick says:

    Thanks Chris. I hope we can all agree these wild and beautiful places and spaces deserve our continued protection.

  29. Ron Boudouris says:

    I have been reading your posts for a few years but have never have left a comment. Today, I say with gratitude for your timely sharing, thank you Chris!

  30. carol Salerno says:

    I so needed this – thank you! It does bring give one hope. I will share it with others!

  31. James McGee says:

    “But Buck possessed a quality that made for greatness – imagination. He fought by instinct, but he could fight by head as well. He rushed, as though attempting the old shoulder trick, but at the last instant swept low to the snow and in. His teeth closed on Spitz’s left foreleg. There was a crunch of breaking bone, and the white dog faced him on three legs. Thrice he tried to knock him over, then repeated the trick and broke the right foreleg. Despite the pain and helplessness, Spitz struggled madly to keep up. He saw the silent circle, with gleaming eyes, lolling tongues, and silvery breaths drifting upward, closing in upon him as he had seen similar circles close in upon beaten antagonists in the past. Only this time he was the one who was beaten.”

    pp. 33 and 34, The Call of the Wild, Jack London

  32. Norine says:

    Thank you so much, Chris. Timely post. I hope one day to visit your beautiful Nebraska prairie.

  33. Lynne says:

    Beautiful pictures – lightened my troubled soul after this election fiasco.

  34. Lee Myers says:

    Thank you for the restorations.

  35. jeni spamer says:

    Thank you for reminding us that we live in an incredibly beautiful country.

  36. Gretchen Graff says:

    Thanks, Chris. These lovely photos help.

  37. Cindy Moh says:

    Thank you Chris !!!

  38. Jane Papsdorf says:

    Love your photos. I needed them. Thank you for sharing.

  39. Beautiful. Nature is definitely a tonic!

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