Photo of the Week – October 8, 2015

Ok, I know I post an awful lot of spider photos.  I have a couple good excuses.  First, I like spiders.  I just do.  Second, for whatever reason, my eyes seem to find spiders as I walk through prairies.  Third, spiders are abundant in prairies (and most other ecosystems) and they play very important roles in prairie ecology.  It seems appropriate for them to be well represented in any collection of grassland images.

Spider on web on switchgrass. Valentine National Wildlife Refuge, Nebraska.

This tiny spider made its web on the flowering head of switchgrass in the Nebraska Sandhills.  Valentine National Wildlife Refuge, Nebraska.

But mostly, I just like spiders.  I hope you do too.

Photo of the Week – December 6, 2012

Every now and then, the light is so spectacular, it’s almost the duty of a photographer to stop and take photos.  The photo below was taken on my way home from work one late afternoon last December.  There was such incredible warmth in the sunlight (in terms of light quality, not temperature) I just had to pull off the road and find something to photograph.  I ended up at a Fish and Wildlife Service Waterfowl Production Area just west of where I live.

Switchgrass and sky with warm winter light.

Switchgrass and sky with warm winter light.  Click for a sharper issue.

It’s at times like these, I’m once again grateful to have a job that allows me the flexibility to pull off the road and grab the camera when the time is right.  (There are some other nice things about the job too.)