Photos of the Week

World Water Day was this week (March 22). I don’t usually pay much attention to those kinds of holidays but I think we can all agree water is pretty important. I am very fortunate to live in a state where water is very abundant. That doesn’t keep us from squabbling about it, of course, but I think it’s easy to forget how lucky we are to have what we have.

Here is a celebration of Nebraska water.

Derr Sandpit Wetland, The Nature Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies. Nikon 11-20 wide angle lens @11mm. ISO 320, f/8, 1/250 sec.
Cottonwood leaf in a stream. The Nature Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley Preserve. Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 500, f/16, 1/320 sec.
Smith Falls on the Niobrara River. Nikon 12-28mm lens @12mm. ISO 400, f/8, 1/320 sec.
Wetland in the Nebraska Sandhills. Nikon 12-28mm wide angle lens @12mm. ISO 320, f/22, 1/160 sec.
Wetland rush and stream. Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 400, f/8, 1/500 sec.
Wetland at the Helzer family prairie. Nikon 12-28 mm lens @12mm. ISO 400, f/14, 1/40 sec.
Beggarsticks (Bidens sp) and duckweed (Lemna sp). The Nature Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies. Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 400, f/20, 1/100 sec.
Daniel and Calvin kayaking the Niobrara River. Cell phone photo.
Central Platte River and floodplain prairies. The Nature Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies. DJI Mavic Zoom drone.
Niobrara River before sunrise. The Nature Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley Preserve. Nikon 105mm lens. ISO 250, f/6.3, 1/30 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.

4 thoughts on “Photos of the Week

  1. Water is always beautiful no matter how much nor how little and wherever it is observed. I grew up in the southern Arizona desert where water was ‘episodic’ and sometimes as a flash flood, HAH! In the desert plants and animals adapt to the ‘episodic’ appearances of water. In the huge coastal sand dunes of the Namibian deserts, animals and plants adapt to collect it out of the morning dewy air from the cooler coastal ocean waters. So the water comes in so many ways and forms and always fascinating.

  2. Why does Smith Falls jut out from the rock face? I thought waterfalls cut into the rock. Is there some life form living under the falling water that causes deposition to occur?

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