Photo of the Week – January 5, 2018

Three brief items today:

First, if you’re from here in Nebraska, you might be interested in a free photo workshop I’m leading next Saturday (Jan 13) from 9:30 am to 2 pm.  The workshop is designed for people who don’t have a lot of photography experience and want to learn how to better use whatever camera they have (from a phone to a digital SLR camera).  You can see more information about the workshop here.

Second, thanks to everyone who played the Plant Game this week.  The names I made up were Eggs-and-toast, Starry Flipwick, and Jasper Penny.  I won the first two (at least one real plant name got more votes than my fake one) but over half of you figured out that Jasper Penny isn’t a real plant.  The mystery photo was Pyrrhopappus grandiflorus (Tuberuos false dandelion).  I actually posted the same photo back in May 2016.  It is common in the southern U.S. but only known from one location in Nebraska.

Third, here is this week’s photo.  I went to a nearby frozen wetland yesterday, looking for photo opportunities.  I wasn’t finding much of interest until I started looking at the edges of where snow had melted away from protruding plants.  There, I found some interesting patterns among the ice crystals, often with dark shadows beneath them.  This was my favorite shot of the day.  I think I see Bambi the fawn (left side, facing to the right).  What do you see?

What do you see in this image of melting snow?

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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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6 Responses to Photo of the Week – January 5, 2018

  1. Christie Soderling says:

    I’m fascinated by ice edges like this. Makes me realize what fractals really involve. And, I see a bison in the lump on the ice edge, right half, facing right.

  2. GARY D DUNSMOOR says:

    Picture of a water body taken from space.

  3. marknupen says:

    I see little bits of plant material within each ice plate as if the ice crystal needed the bit of plant material to focus the crystallization of the water??

  4. adam says:

    An assassin bug about to strike!

  5. I see a Genie coming out of its bottle and a bear. That’s after the first look.

  6. hi Chris, I don’t see a contact button on your blog, so I am using a comment. Did you see this land for sale on the Platte River? I thought you and/or TNC might be interested in taking a look to see if it’s a good option to help conservation. Disclaimer, I have no relationship to this land’s sale.

    https://www.landandfarm.com/property/Platte_River_Wildlife-7001680/?utm_campaign=LAF-Midwest-010618&utm_medium=email&utm_source=landandfarm&utm_content=listing7image

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