A Little Calm in a Noisy World

The world seems awfully turbulent and noisy right now, and I don’t know about you, but I could use a little calm and serenity.  In my world, calm and serenity often come from a quiet walk through a prairie early in the morning or late in the evening when the light is soft and the breeze is even softer.  I’ve been fortunate to enjoy a few of those mornings and evenings this month, and I’m hoping maybe a few photos from those tranquil times might bring a little peacefulness into your life as well.

Common milkweed seeds (Asclepias syriaca). Lincoln Creek Prairie.  Aurora, Nebraska.

A stinkbug posing on Canada tick clover (Desmodium canadense). Deep Well Wildlife Management Area, Nebraska.

Grasshopper on silky prairie clover (Dalea villosa). Niobrara Valley Preserve, Nebraska.

Tall thistle (Cirsium altissimum) seeds. Deep Well Wildlife Management Area, Nebraska.

A painted lady butterfly settles in for the night on Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis). Deep Well Wildlife Management Area, Nebraska.

Dew drops. Lincoln Creek Prairie. Aurora, Nebraska.

Peace be with you all, my friends.

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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.

20 thoughts on “A Little Calm in a Noisy World

  1. Thank you Chris, a kind and beautiful way in which to step a side, take a deep breath and ground myself in the true beauty of our world.

  2. Whenever something bad happens and I feel troubled by it I go out and do something to make the world better. Since I volunteer in restoration this usually means I remove invasive species or weed a native plant garden. I’ve been doing a lot of weeding lately.

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