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Category Archives: Prairie Plants
You’ve probably noticed that my favorite photo subjects are insects and flowers. You’ve probably also noticed that insects and flowers are pretty uncommon during Nebraska winters. By about this time each year, I start feeling a little desperate for photo subjects. … Continue reading
Snow-on-the-mountain (Euphorbia marginata) is a showy plant, but not because of its flowers. In fact, the flowers are tiny and very simple. It’s the leaves (and some bracts beneath the flowers) that make the plant outstanding in its field. Like … Continue reading
Much of the Central United States is emerging from an ice storm that glazed streets and closed schools. On the positive side, it also coated our prairies (and everything else) with a beautiful layer of ice. As the sun came … Continue reading
Can you guess what this is a photo of? While the photo does look like leaping chicken ballerinas (according to my wife), that isn’t the correct answer. Unfortunately, I have never had the opportunity to photograph leaping chicken ballerinas, though … Continue reading
Rocky Mountain bee plant (Cleome serrulata) is very pretty, for a weed. It’s an annual plant that grows in disturbed areas like road edges and around livestock watering tanks. In that sense, many people would call it a weed. However, … Continue reading
To this prairie photographer, milkweed seeds are like candy – I just can’t get enough. As I’ve walked around this fall, I’ve had a very difficult time walking past any milkweed plant without stopping to photograph the silky seeds shimmering … Continue reading
I stole an hour of photography time this week as a foggy morning worked its way toward a sunny afternoon. The small restored prairie on the edge of town was a great place to explore. A few surprises awaited. Though … Continue reading
Note to my son (and others who mainly follow this blog to see if there are cool pictures or pictures of them): This is a pretty long and involved post – sorry. The first picture is probably the best one, … Continue reading
Stickleaf (Mentzelia nuda) is a common short-lived wildflower in western Nebraska. It and other stickleaf plants are named for the dense barbed hairs on their leaves that make them sticky to touch. This particular species of stickleaf also has beautiful … Continue reading
Two weeks ago, I posted about Yellow Season in prairies. That annual phenomenon continues, and at our family prairie this week, stiff goldenrod was front and center. Pollinators and pollen-eating insects seemed to approve.