Photos of the Week – September 11, 2020

Two quick announcements: First, applications for the Hubbard Fellowship are due September 30. If you are or know a recent college graduate looking for a year-long experience with The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska, please check out the information here. Second, September 25 will be the 10th anniversary (!!) of this blog. It seems like we should have some kind of celebration, but I’m not sure what. Any ideas? Let me know – Thanks.

It’s been a while since I’ve seen the sun. It was cold and blustery early in the week and wet and dreary since. That stands in stark contrast to last week, which was dominated by cloudless sunny skies. For those of you who, like me, are missing the sunshine, here is a series of photos from last week that feature the sun. Enjoy your weekend!

Maximilian sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani) and rising sun. The Nature Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies. Nikon 18-300mm lens at 300mm. ISO 400, 1/400 sec, f/13.
Southern plains bumble bee (Bombus fraternus). The Nature Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies. Nikon 10.5mm fish eye lens. ISO 320, 1/250 sec, f/22.
Skipper butterfly on sunflower head at sunrise. Lincoln Creek Prairie. Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 320, 1/3200 sec, f/5.6.
Mating Chinese mantises. Lincoln Creek Prairie. Tokina 11-20mm lens at 20mm. ISO 400, 1/80 sec, f/22.
Variegated meadowhawk dragonfly at sunrise. Lincoln Creek Prairie. Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 320, 1/5000 sec, f/5.
Maximilian sunflowers and morning sun. Tokina 16-20mm lens at 19mm. ISO 320, 1/640 sec, f/22.
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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 – September 11, 2020

  1. Dawn wrote just exactly what I was going to say: your photos are always delightful, but these
    are particularly super-excellent.

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