Photos of the Week – May 21, 2021

I’m presenting an eclectic mix of images this week. Three came from my yard, and two from a burned prairie at the Platte River Prairies. They don’t tell a comprehensive or coherent story; they just represent some stuff that’s happening right now.

The flowers in our prairie garden here at home are blooming well and are attracting insects. Recently-burned patches of prairie at the Platte River Prairies are lush and green and cattle are focusing their grazing in those patches. And there was a random tiger moth that chose to roost overnight on a grass shoot within one of those burned patches. Oh, and it’s been mostly cloudy and damp all week.

That’s pretty much it. Have a great weekend!

A small plot of native prairie flowers at the Prairie Ecologist’s house. Nikon 10.5mm fisheye lens. ISO 320, f/16, 1/100 sec.
Tiger moth in recently-burned prairie. Platte River Prairies. Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 320, f/9, 1/800 sec.
False milkweed nymph (Lygaeus turcicus) in the Helzer prairie garden. Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 400, f/10, 1/320 sec.
Calf creating habitat at the Platte River Prairies. Tamron 100-400mm lens @400mm. ISO 320, f/8, 1/800 sec.
Tiny fly on spiderwort in the Helzer prairie garden. Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 400, f/11, 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.

2 thoughts on “Photos of the Week – May 21, 2021

  1. All are fabulous photos. I love the Tiger Moth. It gave me a ‘feel good’ moment. Themcalf with the big earrings is sweet too. I used to take pictures of cattle where ever I ran across them.


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