Photos of the Week – February 7, 2020

When I was wandering around and photographing dead bugs on the ice earlier this week, I also found some less morbid subject matter. Much of that consisted of ice bubbles, which never fail to attract my eye. I hope you find them as interesting as I did.

Here’s a cell phone photo of the wetland, just for context. The recent thawing and freezing left parts of the ice cloudy and other parts clear – both of which presented great photo opportunities.
Water was flowing out one end of the swale and I spent a little time photographing the ice along the edge of that open water.

I was especially fascinated by some matted down vegetation at the edge of the wetland swale. The patterns of bubbles and lines there kept my attention for quite a while. Eventually, I pulled myself away and back to the real world, where a list of jobs awaited me.

The sound of thousands of geese above me as I walked back to the truck promised the eventual coming of spring, but it will be a while before that promise is fulfilled and the prairies re-fill with verdant color and motion. In the meantime, I’ll take my photographic opportunities when I can get them, even if that means staring at frozen bubbles.

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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 – February 7, 2020

  1. The little collection of lines to the left of the largest bubble in the first photo appears to show the frozen path of bubbles in the process of rising to the surface. Whatever they are, they’re interesting. With all of the lines and circles, especially in the last photo, I couldn’t help thinking, “There he goes — off on a tangent again!” Great photos.

  2. Ah, the winter experiences in the ‘frozen northlands’!
    Can’t get that in Florida, Texas or Arizona!!! Hah!
    thanks Chris

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