Photo of the Week – May 31, 2019

It’s awfully handy to have a native prairie garden in my backyard. Whenever the light is nice, I can just slip outside and do some photography. This morning, the Ohio spiderwort was in full bloom and buzzing with hover flies, so I spent a pleasant half hour enjoying both the flowers and their visitors.

I’m looking forward to seeing some of you at the North American Prairie Conference next week. It should be a great time – it’s always one of my favorite conferences because of the wide variety of speakers and topics. I’m sure the Houston weather will be pleasantly cool too… Regardless, I hope you enjoy these spiderwort photos.

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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.

3 thoughts on “Photo of the Week – May 31, 2019

  1. Lovely photos. As it happens, I found my first hairyflower spiderwort (Tradescantia hirsutiflora) at the Sandylands Sanctuary a few weeks ago. It ought to still be in bloom.


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