Here’s the third installment of prairie photos from 2020. I’m finding the process of revisiting the photos I took this year to be energizing, and I hope you get something positive from it as well. Amongst the stress and anxiety created by the year’s events, reminding myself how much beauty and life there is in the world is really helpful. Exploring or viewing images of nature doesn’t reduce the amount of work to be done or fix the big issues we face, but it provides a refuge I can use to recharge before engaging with those challenges again.
As a quick reminder, I’m posting some of my favorite prairie photos from 2020 and asking for your help in selecting the ones I’ll use for a project that I hope will both celebrate prairies and share the aforementioned solace with as many people as possible. Today, I’m sharing photos from May. You can vote on your favorites by sharing the photo numbers you like best in the comments section of this post. I’ve remembered this time (I don’t always) to set up the photos so you can click on each of them to see a larger version, if you want.
Thanks to everyone who voted on the March/April photos from last week. The top vote getter – by far – was the backlit pasqueflower scene from the Niobrara Valley Preserve. I’m glad people like it. I waited a long time that day for the sun to finally pop out just long enough to get that shot. The other photos receiving high numbers of votes, in order of popularity, were #’s 10, 2, 6, 16, 6, 11, and 12.
I’m really grateful for the feedback on these photos. I know which are my personal favorites, and that won’t change because of votes from others, but it’s also helpful to see which images most resonate with others. If I’m going to try to convince the larger public that prairies are special, valuable, and full of beauty, I want to use the photos most likely to capture their interest. So, thank you for your help.
You are making it practically impossible to narrow down these stellar photos!
My favs include: 6, 11, 12, and 9.
4 and 8
I always enjoy you photos! My favorites for May are 4, 9, 11, 8
1,5,8,11,14 – Why do you make it so hard?!
6, 9, 11, 14
The detail is incredible- I like to enlarge all the way until every hair is visible. You look at each photo and can appreciate it as completely organic in form, then when you enlarge you can see the breakdown of individual shapes and elements that are sooo ordered, mathematical! The engineering of the connections, the direction the finest hairs grow, the tiny light reflective planes of matter. And it all adds up to a living, growing, tiny being. Seeing these photos will make me stop and appreciate more the insects that live all around us every day. They are little visual miracles. I vote for #13 the tent caterpillars. Because the patterns their overlapping bodies create are beautiful in contrast and shape.
1, 4, 8, 11, 14
4, 6, 5, 8, 2
I don’t see Buffalo Currant much in southern MI but have one on my pre 1850s farmstead. My mother always called it a forsythia but botany courses and a biology degree later I found that it was this. Thanks for your posts!
1, 4, 6, 11. Hard to top a pasqueflower.
1, 6, 8, 11, 13, 14
I loved them all- 4, 6, 8, 12 grabbed me the most
12, 1, 11, 13
I really like Number 11.
#2, 8 & 9! Thank you so much for these little gems.
14, 11 and 12
Number 14 is my first choice, running a close tie with number 7
On Mon, Dec 7, 2020 at 10:29 AM The Prairie Ecologist wrote:
> Chris Helzer posted: ” Here’s the third installment of prairie photos from > 2020. I’m finding the process of revisiting the photos I took this year to > be energizing, and I hope you get something positive from it as well. > Amongst the stress and anxiety created by the year’s ev” >
8, 9, 11, 14! Beautiful!
11 is my pick.
#3 … keep ’em coming… thanks!
9, 11, and 12 are wonderful — 12, especially, just because it’s so unexpected.
4, 11, 9, 8, 12 So many great photos!
3, 9, 14
Amazing, as always!
4,8,11 – Beautiful photos!
11, 9 in that order
Tough to choose! 1, 11,9, 15, 3
So hard to choose a favorite, but 9 is my top one. 3 Took my breath away when enlarged to full screen view! 11, 1, 15, 14 also marvelous : )
Once again, an amazing array!
8,9, 11, and 14 for me!
10. Never seen a close up of a daddy long legs.
1, 2, 5. 9. 10, 11. 12. 13. 15.
3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11
3, 4, 11, 14
As usual, glorious photos that remind me, weekly, why I love living in Nebraska. Thank you. Hard to pick a favorite, but the pasqueflower seed head one is magnificent. Also love those with the beautiful big blue sky with clouds.
Thanks for this art! My favs are 8, 10, 13, 14.
8, 11, 9 13, 14
4, 6, 8, 14
Chris, Sandhills prairie and trail road, Niobrara Valley Preserve #14 is my all-time favorite. I stared at it for a long while the first time you posted it and was looking for it when you first asked us for feedback. I would gladly buy a canvas print so that I could contemplate those clouds meeting the earth often. Maybe a fundraiser opportunity for TNC funds or your own prairie conservation and restoration efforts?
9.11. 12 … These are the most comforting/inspiring. Life goes on, gloriously.
12, 5, 3 (I prefer this to the one in the previous collection), 13.
8, 3, 9 in that order
1,8,9 and 11
9, 8, 2