Photos of the Week – October 10, 2019

This week, I attended the Nebraska Natural Legacy Conference, an annual gathering of conservation staff and Master Naturalist volunteers from across the state. Prior to the conference, I had time to make quick visits to a couple well-known landmarks in the Nebraska panhandle. The night before the conference, I stopped at Courthouse and Jail Rocks near Bridgeport. The next morning, I got up early enough to catch nice light at Scottsbluff National Monument near Gering. Both sites were important landmarks for travelers on the Oregon Trail but also represent significant memories from my childhood in the Nebraska panhandle.

Here are some photos from those short visits.

Courthouse and Jail Rocks near Bridgeport, Nebraska were major landmarks along the Oregon Trail. When I was in elementary school, we lived in Bridgeport and I remember visiting the site as a kid. This photo was made from 5 images merged together.
This spider was hanging out in the sunshine with a shaded slope behind it.
A banded argiope spider hangs out on its web with Courthouse and Jail Rocks in the background.
Jail Rock after sundown, with Courthouse Rock in the foreground.
Courthouse and Jail Rocks in moonlight and afterglow from the sunset. This is a panorama consisting of 5 merged photos.
Mitchell Pass (right in the middle of the photo) at Scottsbluff National Monument near Gering, Nebraska.
Mule deer at Scottsbluff National Monument.
Rubber rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa) and rock bluffs at Scottsbluff National Monument.
Golden currant leaves showing their autumn color.
Rock bluffs at Scottsbluff National Monument.

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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.

2 thoughts on “Photos of the Week – October 10, 2019

  1. Your wonderful photos remind me that I never thanked you for suggesting we stop there this summer – what a beautiful landscape!

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