Photo of the Week – January 27, 2016

One of my favorite winter photography subjects is the kind of “window” created by melting snow around prairie plants.  When the sun is shining, dried plants often warm up enough to melt the snow around them a little faster than the rest of the snow nearby.  Those melted windows or portholes make for very interesting (to me) patterns and photographic subjects.  Last weekend, my boys and I were out at our prairie on a beautiful day.  While they built snow forts on the frozen pond and threw snowballs at each other, I wandered around looking for windows in the snow.

I am an odd duck, aren’t I?


A window in melting snow above western ragweed.  Helzer family prairie.


Another ragweed plant and melting snow.


A jumble of grass leaves and melting snow.


Scribner’s panicum beneath melting snow.

I’m sure I’m not the only one in the world who finds these little windows attractive…

Ok, that’s not true –  I may very well be the only person in the world who pays any attention to them.  I guess it’s not the worst eccentricity I could have (or do have).  At least I don’t go on long rants about imaginary conspiracies involving cute furry semi-aquatic animals.

Oh wait.