Photos of the Week – November 22, 2019

I was scanning through files of old photographs yesterday, looking for an image to use for a project, when I came across a photo of a cottonwood leaf that had gotten caught by big bluestem. I remembered how much I liked that photo. A little later, I was looking through another folder of images and found a couple photos of cottonwood leaves along a stream at the Niobrara Valley Preserve. I liked those photos too. “Fine,” I thought, “I’ll just go with it.” Thus, today’s Photos of the Week post features photos of cottonwood leaves.

Just because.

Lincoln Creek Prairie, Aurora, Nebraska.
Niobrara Valley Preserve.
Niobrara Valley Preserve.
This photo is so old it was scanned from a slide. (For you kids out there, slides are a kind of analog camera sensor that made you wait a long time to see if your photo turned out well.)
North Platte River, Lincoln County, Nebraska.
Lincoln County, Nebraska.
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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.

4 thoughts on “Photos of the Week – November 22, 2019

  1. I greatly enjoyed these! I’m originally from Central Kansas, where people have a special place in our hearts and heads for cottonwood trees. I still miss the way they sound and look in the wind (though I wouldn’t want one next to my air conditioner). Thanks for the beautiful photos!

    • No. but you’re right that they look like that. That was a small clump of cottonwood leaves that fell before the leaves were fully formed, if I remember correctly. A May photo from The Niobrara Valley Preserve.

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