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Popular Sunflowers

Plains sunflower (Helianthus petiolaris) is an annual plant that responds quickly to bare ground in the Nebraska Sandhills.  They pop up after fire, intensive grazing, pocket gopher activity or something else allows light to hit the soil.  At times, they … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – January 23, 2015

There are a few subjects I can’t seem to keep from photographing.  Milkweed seeds, for example.  Patterns of ice on frozen wetlands.  Dew-covered insects.  And sunflowers. What flower is more distinctive?  Their bright yellow color and big round flowers stand … Continue reading

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Sunflower Party Time!

Sunflowers are seen by some people as big beautiful flowers, and by others as big ugly weeds.  Regardless of aesthetic opinions, however, sunflowers appear to be pulling their weight, and more, in the ecology of the Nebraska sandhills prairies this year.  … Continue reading

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In Celebration of Annuals

  When most people think about prairie plants, they think about long-lived perennial grasses and wildflowers.  However, 20-25% of plant species in most prairies are annuals; germinating, flowering, and dying in the same growing season.  Some of those annuals are tiny … Continue reading

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