Photo of the Week – February 1, 2018

Earlier this week, Alex (one of our new Hubbard Fellows) and I spent some time exploring a frozen wetland in our Platte River Prairies.  Thin clouds diffused the sun’s rays and created wonderful light for photography.  The wetland was mostly iced over, but there were a few areas of open water (we flushed a few dozen geese and ducks as we arrived), and we had to step carefully and listen for cracking sounds as we walked…

In some places, leaves and stems warmed by the sun had melted the ice around them, creating fascinating patterns and textures in the ice.  Cattail seeds blew softly in the breeze, and a few perched gracefully where they had landed on the ice.  Intriguing branching patterns of crystallization were also scattered about on the surface of the frozen wetland.  About an hour after we arrived, the bright light dimmed as the clouds above us thickened.  We took our cue and moved on to other places and tasks.

Photo of the Week – February 23, 2017

The weather has been extraordinarily warm for the last couple weeks, but it’s finally getting colder.  While I’ve enjoyed getting outside to play soccer and other outdoor recreation activities, I’m also looking forward to seeing some ice again.  A little snow wouldn’t hurt my feelings either.  It’s been a pretty brown winter so far.

In the meantime, here are a few ice photos from a couple weeks ago, just as the last vestiges of ice were disappearing from the edge of a Platte River wetland.  Let’s hope they aren’t the last ice photos of the winter…

Frozen wetland plants and bubbles near the edge of a frozen, but melting wetland.
Frozen wetland plants and bubbles near the edge of a frozen, but melting wetland.
A frozen rush embedded in ice.
A frozen rush embedded in ice.
Ice and wetland rushes/grasses on the edge of a wetland. The Nature Conservancy's Platte River Prairies, Nebraska.
Patterns of ice bubbles and wetland plants.

And before you say it, yes, I recognize the delicious irony of yearning for more winter in this post exactly a week after a post in which I yearned for spring so I could photograph flowers.  What I can I say?  I like flowers, but I also like ice…