Photos of the Week – August 13, 2021

I’ve got so many photos to look through from the last couple weeks. In fact, I’m in the middle of going through a huge batch from yesterday and am taking a quick break to write this post. I’ve been to a number of great prairies recently, but Lincoln Creek Prairie is the steady and true prairie I can always slip over to when the light is nice and I’ve got a few minutes to spare.

During my last couple evening visits to LCP, big two-striped grasshoppers (Melanoplus bivittatus) have been very accommodating – sitting very still while I stick my lens right up to their faces. One of them was paying peek-a-boo with me for a while behind the curled edge of a milkweed leaf. Another was almost glowing in resplendent orange in front of a deep green background, reflecting the warm light of a setting sun. The last allowed me to silhouette it against that same sun as it sank toward the horizon.

Here is a quick batch of recent grasshopper photos from Lincoln Creek Prairie in Aurora.

Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 400, f/13, 1/320 sec.
Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 400, f/13, 1/320 sec.
Nikon 105mm macro lens with Raynox DCR-250 magnifier. ISO 400, f/20, 1/100 sec.
Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 400, f/7, 1/500 sec.
Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 400, f/10, 1/125 sec.
Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 400, f/5, 1/3200 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.

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