Photos of the Week – March 20, 2020

Last weekend brought several inches of snow. Despite the overcast skies, I felt the need to get out and do some photography before the melting snow disappeared altogether. Sunday afternoon, I looked out the window and convinced myself that the sky had brightened slightly, and decided that was a good enough reason to go. I slipped across town with my camera and spent an hour or so by myself at Lincoln Creek Prairie, getting my knees wet and appreciating the shapes of melting snow crystals.

Snow really helps to dampen sound, so even within a stone’s throw of houses and streets, the small prairie was pleasantly quiet. The peace was much needed, and in spite of the dreary light (I don’t think the sky was really brighter at all) I felt tremendously better about the world by the time I left the prairie. I’m grateful that this pandemic is hitting us at the beginning of spring so we’ll be able to escape to prairies that are coming to life over the next month or two. I know that watching that infusion of life is going to be immensely therapeutic for me – I hope everyone reading this will find the same kind of therapy near them – or an equivalent. Stay safe (and sane), friends.

This marestail (Conyza canadensis) plant was laying horizontally above the snow – its twisted, wrinkled leaves dangling down into the snow.
I really liked those leaves…
Roundheaded bushclover (Lespedeza capitata)
More roundheaded bushclover
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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.

7 thoughts on “Photos of the Week – March 20, 2020

  1. Thank you for helping us see the beauty in the little, detailed beings in our world. You are a balm for many of us!!

  2. Thank you, Chris for these images and your comments about the peace we can find in the outdoors during this difficult time. Spring coming is certainly a relief as we look ahead to some uncertainty.

  3. I’ll add my thank you to the others and tell you how much I appreciate your eye for the hidden, though only to those who don’t take time to look,gems out there.

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