Photo of the Week – July 28, 2017

My daughter and I are on a short working vacation in the Nebraska Sandhills this week, so I don’t have much time to write.  Instead, here are two of my favorite photos from my trip to the Niobrara Valley Preserve last week.

Prickly poppy (Argemone polyanthemos) at the Niobrara Valley Preserve.

A metallic green sweat bee (Agapostemon splendens) feeds on purple prairie clover, displaying its long tongue. (thanks to Mike Arduser for identifying this)

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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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5 Responses to Photo of the Week – July 28, 2017

  1. I especially love your closeup photos!

  2. Gary Shackelford says:

    Chris, you mentioned in one of your recent blogs that you had purchased a new camera. As I recall, you had previously been using a Nikon D300S. Would you be willing to share with your readers the details about your new equipment?

  3. Chris Helzer says:

    Hi Gary. Sure, I’m happy to share – it’s nothing fancy, just a Nikon 7100, but I really like it. It’s got better video and overall resolution than the 300s and was significantly cheaper! My main lenses are a Nikon 28-300, Tokina 12-28, and a Nikon 105 macro.

  4. Great shot of the bee!

  5. Jacqueline says:

    Awesome close ups

    I was just going to ask you what type of camera – thanks so much for sharing!

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