I’m taking some vacation time this week, but took a quick trip out to our family prairie this afternoon to do a little photography. A big snow storm moved through Nebraska over the weekend, dumping quite a bit of snow to the west and north of us. We mainly got a lot of rain and wind, followed by a little bit of snow and a lot more wind. The wind was still roaring today, but the clouds thinned enough to help dry out roads and I decided to take advantage of the relatively nice weather and ventured outside.
I wandered through the snow and prairie, examining tracks and trying to see what had been moving around. I found lots of coyote, mouse, and bird tracks, spotted a vole scooting along the ground, spooked a great blue heron from the little bit of open water on the wetland, and watched red-tailed hawks soaring above me.
While it was really windy, I didn’t feel particularly cold, though I was wearing quite a few layers to block out the wind. The best part of the day was watching clouds whip across the sky, pushed along by that wind. I couldn’t really capture that motion with still photos, so I spent about 20 minutes taking numerous photos and later stitched them into the following timelapse video.
I hope all of you are enjoying some time off this holiday season. If you are, I hope you’re able to get some prairie time of your own!