Photos of the Week – December 6, 2019

The sun popped out and the winds calmed on Monday, following a long period of days full of strong winds and snow. I wandered out to the little prairie garden in our backyard to see if there was anything I could photograph. I found some seeds that had managed to hang on through 40-50 mph winds and played around with them for a little while. These photos represent some of the results.

Baldwin’s ironweed (Vernonia baldwinii)
Stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida). Also, yes, I know the genus has changed for this species. I’m holding out until it changes back. Sue me. (Please don’t sue me.)
Baldwin’s ironweed (Vernonia baldwinii)
Stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida).
Stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida).
Baldwin’s ironweed (Vernonia baldwinii)
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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 – December 6, 2019

  1. Thank you.

    On Fri, Dec 6, 2019 at 11:20 AM The Prairie Ecologist wrote:

    > Chris Helzer posted: ” The sun popped out and the winds calmed on Monday, > following a long period of days full of strong winds and snow. I wandered > out to the little prairie garden in our backyard to see if there was > anything I could photograph. I found some seeds that had m” >

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