Photo of the Week – January 5, 2017

Can you guess what this is a photo of?


While the photo does look like leaping chicken ballerinas (according to my wife), that isn’t the correct answer.  Unfortunately, I have never had the opportunity to photograph leaping chicken ballerinas, though it is a lifelong goal of mine.

If you guessed it’s actually a photograph of Oenothera rhombipetala (fourpoint evening primrose) just after a rainstorm, you get the prize.  Treat yourself to something from your cupboard.  Chocolate, if you’ve got it.

The primrose photo was taken at the Niobrara Valley Preserve last summer.  Below is another photo from the Preserve, showing the same primrose species from a very different perspective, and with some other company.


I hope your 2017 is off to a great start.  I also hope we all get the opportunity to see some leaping chicken ballerinas real soon.

6 thoughts on “Photo of the Week – January 5, 2017

  1. Gillian Leverkus January 5, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    Ha good post!

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. shoreacres January 5, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    If the leaping chicken ballerinas don’t show up, how about a total eclipse? I just saw this map for the August 21 total eclipse, and thought about you folks. Can you imagine the prairies at totality? I may have to pull myself out of Texas for that event.

    • Chris Helzer January 5, 2017 / 8:19 pm

      Stay tuned, we’ll actually be hosting an eclipse party at our Platte River Prairies because we’re right in the path!

      • shoreacres January 5, 2017 / 8:20 pm

        Oh, my gosh. Could a heathen Texan come? It would be great to visit some Nebraska prairies — the best part being that, if the eclipse is a dud, there still are the prairies to enjoy!


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