Photo of the Week – October 5, 2017

I had a few minutes after a meeting yesterday to walk through a restored wetland in our Platte River Prairies.  I didn’t really have any preconceived notion of what I was looking for – I just wanted to explore a site I hadn’t visited for a while.  There weren’t many flowers still blooming, but the golds and browns of autumn vegetation were still mixed with quite a bit of green.  Recent rains had raised the level of the stream flowing through the site, as well as the groundwater-linked wetlands adjacent to it.  I pulled my muck boots on over the decent jeans I’d worn for the meeting and wandered out into the wetland.  Here are a few of the photos I got from my brief walk.  I hope you enjoy them.

Water flows over a small beaver dam, split and rippled by multi-colored vegetation.

Swamp milkweed seeds lined up and waiting to make their jump.

A beggarticks (Bidens sp) plant in water surrounded by floating duckweed.

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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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9 Responses to Photo of the Week – October 5, 2017

  1. Rodger Benson says:

    Bidens have a great affinity for my socks and jeans!!!

  2. Nice. The simple, splendid beauty of mother nature.

  3. Rhonda Stansberry says:

    Thanks for the photo and the mention of the beggarticks plant…I’ve always called them beggarlies, or maybe spelled beggar lice….and never have noticed them in flower. How could I have cursed a plant with such a cheerful yellow bloom?

  4. Loren Wasson says:

    Beautiful photos as always. Can you tell me the shutter speed for the water flowing over the beaver dam.

  5. Laurel Erickson says:

    As usual, magnificent photos! My favorite is the swamp milkweed seeds ready to go!!

  6. Bill says:

    Wonderful photo of water over the dam!!! Striking.

  7. All three photos are spectacular!

  8. Beauties. Just what I needed to find amidst the grey emails.

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