The Beauty of Prairies in 2020 – July

The photographic recap of 2020 continues with July. Again, I really appreciate all your input on these photos. Please continue voting on your favorites – just pick the images you like best and list the number(s) in the comments section.

1.) Fly on Black-eyed Susan. Nikon D7100 with Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 320, f/20, 1/80 sec.
2.) Showy milkweed. Nikon D7100 with Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 320, f/13, 1/640 sec.
3.) Long-horned milkweed beetle. Nikon D7100 with Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 400, f/10, 1/100 sec.
4.) Monarch butterfly caterpillar. Nikon D7100 with Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 320, f/11, 1/160 sec.
5.) Chinese praying mantis. Nikon D7100 with Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 250, f/13, 1/160 sec.
6.) Praying mantis nymph on black-eyed Susan. Nikon D7100 with Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 400, f/10, 1/200 sec.
7.) Wild bergamot and dew. Nikon D7100 with Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 400, f/13, 1/320 sec.
8.) Dogbane beetle. Nikon D7100 with Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 640, f/11, 1/100 sec.
9.) Planthopper on spider web. Nikon D7100 with Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 640, f/13, 1/60 sec.
10.) Sweat bee on common mullein flower. Nikon D7100 with Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 640, f/13, 1/60 sec.
11.) Wild bergamot at the Helzer family prairie. Nikon D7100 with Nikon 10.5mm fish eye lens. ISO 320, f/14, 1/250 sec.
12.) Damselfly. Nikon D7100 with Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 400, f/18, 1/250 sec.
13.) Illinois tickclover flowers. Nikon D7100 with Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 400, f/13, 1/500 sec.
14.) Grasshopper. Nikon D7100 with Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 400, f/18, 1/250 sec.
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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.

57 thoughts on “The Beauty of Prairies in 2020 – July

  1. My favorites! Thanks.

    On Sun, Dec 13, 2020 at 12:14 PM The Prairie Ecologist wrote:

    > Chris Helzer posted: ” The photographic recap of 2020 continues with July. > Again, I really appreciate all your input on these photos. Please continue > voting on your favorites – just pick the images you like best and list the > number(s) in the comments section. 1.) Fly on ” >

  2. 11 is my favorite.
    I love your shots of all the insect critters, especially in their capacity to educate about biodiversity. But a sweeping prairie shot grabs my heartstrings every time.

  3. On Sun, Dec 13, 2020 at 12:13 PM The Prairie Ecologist wrote:

    > Chris Helzer posted: ” The photographic recap of 2020 continues with July. > Again, I really appreciate all your input on these photos. Please continue > voting on your favorites – just pick the images you like best and list the > number(s) in the comments section. 1.) Fly on ” >

  4. As always hard choices – 2 (b/c it IS showy), 3 (lots of cute faces this time but this is the cutest) and 7 & 11 because Bergamot! What’s not to like?!?!?!

  5. 12, 11, 3, 7, 9 in that are my favorites at the moment. Each time I look at them, it changes a bit but eleven and twelve always top the list.

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