Seeking beauty is a good way to remember how much there is.
Those words popped into my head this morning as I simultaneously looked through photos for today’s post and watched the clouds outside my window erupted into pink fire. Despite anything and everything going on in the world, it’s always possible to find splendor at both small and large scales. Photography is a major vehicle for my efforts to find beauty in the world, but you don’t have to be a photographer to go on your own expedition
Good grief, I’m feeling sappy today.
As promised last Thursday, here are photos from the second day of photographing the aftermath of an ice storm that came through our area last week. These were all taken at Lincoln Creek Prairie as the sun rose. The opportunity for a second day of photography felt like an incredible gift, since I had assumed much of the ice would melt the afternoon before. Instead, the brief moments of sun I’d taken advantage of the previous day had given way to clouds, and the temperature stayed low enough to preserve the ice overnight. Bonus ice day!
By the time the sun finally got bright enough to make photography difficult, it also started to thaw the ice. As I walked back to my truck, most of the plants in direct sunlight were more wet than glazed. The ice kingdom was melting around me, but I was grateful for the time I’d been granted to explore it.
Great photos. I love ice, but don’t much like cleaning up after it causes a lot of damage. Maybe the beauty gets us through the drudgery.
I always love your photography. Noel Rose
Oh my goodness, these are beautiful. I absolutely adore the teardrops of ice with the plant bud inside. Thank you for sharing.
So beautiful! You’ve made my day!
On Fri, Nov 20, 2020 at 9:23 AM The Prairie Ecologist wrote:
> Chris Helzer posted: ” Seeking beauty is a good way to remember how much > there is. Those words popped into my head this morning as I simultaneously > looked through photos for today’s post and watched the clouds outside my > window erupted into pink fire. Despite anything and ” >
Wow, Chris…your film speed (ISO) seems low for the high apertures you’re using in these photos.
Maybe it is brighter out than it appears.
Amazing photos, thanks for noticing the “little” things.
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From: The Prairie Ecologist Reply-To: The Prairie Ecologist Date: Friday, November 20, 2020 at 8:25 AM To: laurie schneider Subject: [New post] Photos of the Week – November 20 2020
Chris Helzer posted: ” Seeking beauty is a good way to remember how much there is. Those words popped into my head this morning as I simultaneously looked through photos for today’s post and watched the clouds outside my window erupted into pink fire. Despite anything and “
It was fairly bright, so ISO wasn’t an issue at all.
I especially enjoyed seeing the honeycomb-like pattern in the switchgrass photo just below the looped starburst.
Thank you for the stunning photos. I love reading about your restoration work, and the photos of nature are the icing on the cake. (pun intended)
These are amazing!
Beautiful! Thankful for many things this holiday, one of which is your sharing these incredible images! Thank You and Happy Thanksgiving, Chris