Photos of the Week – July 10, 2020

To be honest, this has been a pretty slow week for me. I’ve been catching up on some projects that needed attention but also taking some time off and just hanging around the house. I did manage a quick trip to our family prairie last night and got a few photos, even though the clear cloudless sky meant really intense sunlight right up until the last 5-10 minutes before the sun dropped below the horizon. Here’s a selection of those. Have a great weekend!

Common milkweed flowers silhouetted against a leaf on the same plant. Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 320, 1/160 sec, f/13.
These stink bugs were working on creating more stink bugs on the opposite side of this leaf. Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 320, 1/80 sec, f/16.
This chonky crab spider was poised for action if/when an insect visitor came to this black-eyed Susan flower. Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 320, 1/100 sec, f/13.
Bergamot, aka bee balm (Monarda fistulosa) is just starting to bloom. This was one of the few flowering heads that had fully-emerged florets. Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 320, 1/80 sec, f13.
This is a photo from Lincoln Creek Prairie, here in Aurora, last weekend. This beautiful little robber fly posed just long enough for me to use my tripod like a monopod and creep closely enough for a shot. Nikon 105mm lens. ISO 320, 1/320 sec, f/13.

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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.

3 thoughts on “Photos of the Week – July 10, 2020

  1. Beautiful as always! I especially loved the shadow pictures on the leaves. And the glamour shot of the robber fly!

  2. I always love to see how flowers are in different parts of the country. My Bee Balm won’t be flowering for a while.

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