A Little Calm in a Noisy World

The world seems awfully turbulent and noisy right now, and I don’t know about you, but I could use a little calm and serenity.  In my world, calm and serenity often come from a quiet walk through a prairie early in the morning or late in the evening when the light is soft and the breeze is even softer.  I’ve been fortunate to enjoy a few of those mornings and evenings this month, and I’m hoping maybe a few photos from those tranquil times might bring a little peacefulness into your life as well.

Common milkweed seeds (Asclepias syriaca). Lincoln Creek Prairie.  Aurora, Nebraska.

A stinkbug posing on Canada tick clover (Desmodium canadense). Deep Well Wildlife Management Area, Nebraska.

Grasshopper on silky prairie clover (Dalea villosa). Niobrara Valley Preserve, Nebraska.

Tall thistle (Cirsium altissimum) seeds. Deep Well Wildlife Management Area, Nebraska.

A painted lady butterfly settles in for the night on Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis). Deep Well Wildlife Management Area, Nebraska.

Dew drops. Lincoln Creek Prairie. Aurora, Nebraska.

Peace be with you all, my friends.

Photos, not Politics

I felt like a little natural beauty might do us all some good today.

Four-point evening primrose (Oenothera rhombipetala) and sunrise in sand prairie at The Nature Conservancy's Platte River Prairies, Nebraska.

Four-point evening primrose (Oenothera rhombipetala) and sunrise in sand prairie at The Nature Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies, Nebraska.

Dragonfly in Pawnee County, Nebraska

Dragonfly in Pawnee County, Nebraska

TNC Niobrara Valley Preserve, Nebraska.

The Nature Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley Preserve, Nebraska.

Liatris aspera, blazing star. Lincoln Creek Prairie.

 Blazing star (Liatris aspera). Lincoln Creek Prairie.  Aurora, Nebraska.

Katydid nymph on black-eyed susan. Aurora, Nebraska

Katydid nymph on black-eyed Susan. Aurora, Nebraska

Bison at The Nature Conservancy's Niobrara Valley Preserve - Nebraska.

Bison at The Nature Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley Preserve – Nebraska.

Shell leaf penstemon and rainwater. Niobrara Valley Preserve, Nebraska.

Shell leaf penstemon and rainwater. Niobrara Valley Preserve, Nebraska.

(INTERNAL RIGHTS ONLY, CREDIT IS MANDATORY) Sunrise over meadow along Central Platte River, Nebraska. Hall County, Nebraska. May 1995. TNC Caveny Tract. Cottonwood tree. Lowland tallgrass prairie. Central Mixed-Grass Ecoregion. © Chris Helzer

Cottonwood tree, fog, prairie, and sunrise.  The Nature Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies.

Caterpillar on pitcher sage (Salvia azurea). TNC's Derr Tract. Central Platte River, Nebraska

Caterpillar, ant and inchworm on pitcher sage (Salvia azurea). Platte River Prairies, Nebraska

Crab spider on annual sunflower in sandhills prairie at The Nature Conservancy's Niobrara Valley Preserve. North-central Nebraska.

Crab spider and ant on annual sunflower in sandhills prairie at The Nature Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley Preserve.

Water droplets on spider silk on a foggy day. The Nature Conservancy's Platte River Prairies, Nebraska.

Water droplets on spider silk on a foggy day. The Nature Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies, Nebraska.

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Autumn prairie. The Nature Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley Preserve.