Photos of the Week – November 6, 2021

I haven’t been out with my camera much lately, so when I woke up this morning and saw fog and calm winds outside, I decided I’d better head out. I went across town to Lincoln Creek Prairie and had a nice peaceful sunrise to myself.

Wild bergamot seed heads and sunrise. Nikon 18-300mm lens @300mm. ISO 640, f/9, 1/2000 sec.
Prairie grass and sunrise. Nikon 18-300mm lens @300mm. ISO 640, f/16, 1/8000 sec.
Common milkweed seed pods and sunrise. Nikon 18-300mm lens @300mm. ISO 640, f/22, 1/5000 sec.

I was happy to see a few milkweed seeds still hanging around and glittering in the early light. Despite frosts, I also found a fly and even a still-flowering tall thistle (Cirsium altissimum) plant. Mostly, though, I photographed milkweed seeds – because I’m so short on those in my inventory… What can I say – they’re hard to resist!

Fly on milkweed pod. Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 500, f/11, 1/80 sec.
Backlit milkweed seed. Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 500, f/13, 1/400 sec.
Milkweed seed. Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 500, f/16, 1/400 sec.
Backlit milkweed seed. Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 500, f/10, 1/320 sec.
Milkweed seeds. Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 500, f/16, 1/320 sec.

I hope you’re all having a great weekend, wherever you are, and finding a little time for your own prairie peace.

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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.

5 thoughts on “Photos of the Week – November 6, 2021

  1. Please resend the article from last week about bison and birds. Some how got deleted and want to send to Colorado bird buddy. Thanks.

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. I don’t have my own prairie but I was in the garden having a peaceful morning today. I enjoyed your photos today. Thank you.

  3. You so beautifully captured the stillness of sunrise on the prairie making me just a tiny bit jealous. Nicely done and I never tire of milkweed seeds.

  4. I LOVE photos of milkweed and milkweed seed. Very nice art display at Morrill (Elephant) Hall! Love seeing what news and images Chris sends – thank you for giving readers a breath of fresh air!

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