Photo of the Week – January 18, 2017

Much of the Central United States is emerging from an ice storm that glazed streets and closed schools.  On the positive side, it also coated our prairies (and everything else) with a beautiful layer of ice.  As the sun came up yesterday morning, I was walking through one of our local prairies, surrounded by glittering, sparkling prairie plants.

Sunrise and icy prairie.

It was magical.

I had planned to walk around for an hour or so and take pictures, but ended up staying for four hours; leaving only because I got really hungry.  I usually save my “Photo of the Week” post for Thursday or Friday each week, but I couldn’t wait to share some images from yesterday morning.  I hope you enjoy them.

Stiff sunflowers and sunshine.
Indiangrass seeds.
Stiff goldenrod
Stiff goldenrod
Stiff goldenrod
Stiff goldenrod
I was surprised by this perfectly circular hole.
Switchgrass seeds.
Indiangrass seeds.
This ice boat seems to have sprung a leak.


28 thoughts on “Photo of the Week – January 18, 2017

  1. Bob January 18, 2017 / 7:26 am

    Thanks for sharing the beauty.

  2. Denise Westlake January 18, 2017 / 7:39 am

    Lovely! Thank you.

    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

  3. Ren January 18, 2017 / 8:51 am

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  4. January 18, 2017 / 9:39 am

    Good Morning Chris, loved the pictures which looked like a glass blower had made many.

    Sent from my iPhone


  5. macdowelltaylor January 18, 2017 / 9:43 am

    I traveled thru central Illinois by train many years ago after a blizzard. Similar ice sculptures lined the railway but my pictures did not capture the beauty like yours.

  6. Sharron January 18, 2017 / 10:35 am

    Cool pics!

  7. Angela Anderson January 18, 2017 / 11:41 am

    such beauty!

  8. January 18, 2017 / 1:45 pm

    Your photos are beautiful.  I have never been to your part of Nebraska but I really appreciate the work that you do.  Thank you!

  9. avanraaphorst January 18, 2017 / 1:55 pm

    Spectacular photos! Thanks for sharing — as always, a wonderful, calming gift in troubled times.

  10. jeni January 18, 2017 / 4:25 pm

    Thank you. several of these are outstanding. glad you had so much fun!

  11. Gisela Fisher January 18, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    Your pictures are beautiful. It feels like I’m there. Would you share your camera settings and lens used for the close-ups please?

    • Chris Helzer January 18, 2017 / 8:07 pm

      Hi Gisela. Settings varied by the shot, but ISO 250 with Apertures between 13 and 25, mostly, and shutterspeeds at 1/80 to 1/250. Mostly… Everything was shot with a tripod.

  12. Lynne January 18, 2017 / 6:39 pm

    One word – WOW!

  13. Patrick January 18, 2017 / 6:48 pm

    Right place + right time = awesome!

  14. Deborah January 18, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    Extraordinary! Thank you.

  15. Evan Barrientos January 18, 2017 / 10:38 pm

    Wow, what a spectacular morning! Wish I could have been there.

  16. lv January 19, 2017 / 1:27 am

    Beautiful!!! Breathtaking!!! Stunning!!!
    The Sandhills weren’t treated to the magical beauty of the storm. It’s been pleasurable seeing other people’s interpretation of the icy coating.

  17. Marilyn McNabb January 19, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    Just as everybody else said, these are wonderful, thanks.
    Marilyn McNabb

  18. Sarah Orr January 20, 2017 / 12:29 am

    Absolutely beautiful! Love your photographs.

  19. jack January 20, 2017 / 2:30 pm

    Love the pictures, as Lidna lou & I were walking the dog after the storm the conversation went like this. Do you suppose Chris got pictures of all this beauty. I said he wouldn’t miss an opportunity like this. You didn’t disappoint. Thanks Jack

    • Chris Helzer January 20, 2017 / 2:43 pm

      Thanks Jack! I’m glad you liked them. Great to hear from you – I hope you’re both doing well.

  20. Nancy Cusumano January 23, 2017 / 12:55 pm

    Wow! I was in Florida last week and had heard about this storm but had not seen any images from it. These are stunning!

  21. Douglas Owens-Pike January 24, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    it seems our new climate is resulting in far more rain / freezing rain / than snow here in the upper Midwest. Sadly our snow cover has been nearly eliminated twice this winter from rain events: Christmas day we received an inch of rain instead of 12″ of snow and again this past weekend rain destroying the snow we had. The state Climatologist has some exact data on this: rain is now 3x more likely or something of that order. More opportunities for beautiful photography however!

  22. Corner Garden Sue January 25, 2017 / 11:28 am

    I am glad I came across a link to this post. I am thinking the cold would have chased me in before my hunger. Thanks for posting these!


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