It’s a tough time of year to be a wildflower photographer. The first spring flowers are still months away, and fall flowers are a distant memory. What’s a guy to do? Gotta make the best of things, I guess.
Here’s a shot from a few weeks ago when we still had snow on the ground.
A frosty rosinweed seed head in winter prairie. Aurora, Nebraska.
Many wildflowers lose the majority of their flower parts as winter sets in, making them relatively uninteresting to photograph. Rosinweed (Silphium integrifolium) is an exception; while this one has lost its seeds, it has retained much of its characteristic shape, making it easy to identify and fun to photograph.
The frost doesn’t hurt either.
Article from The Prairie Ecologist Website
Rosinweed In Full Bloom
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Ok, I know milkweed seeds have been done to death by photographers. I, personally, have somewhere around a zillion milkweed seed photos. But milkweed seeds in the winter? With hoar frost? And a snowy background? That’s just magic. How can I not photograph that?
Frosty milkweed seeds and pods. The Leadership Center Prairie. Aurora, Nebraska.
By Chris Helzer from The Prairie Ecologist Website
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By Chris Helzer/The Nature Conservancy
This photo was taken several years ago outside the house of my in-laws in eastern Nebraska. I don’t usually photograph birds, but I was there and the birds were there, and one thing led to another…
A red-bellied woodpecker pauses near a feeder during a snowstorm. Sarpy County Nebraska
It was snowing, but the mid-day light was still bright enough for photography. As the snow fell, I stood in my coveralls near several bird feeders, hoping the birds would ignore me. I had covered my camera in a plastic bag and wrapped my lens in cardboard (held on with rubber bands) – only the best technology for me! While the snow piled up on my camera, eyebrows, and beard, I pivoted the camera around on my tripod, attempting to focus on bird after bird as they came near the feeders. Most of the time, of course, the bird either landed in a non-photogenic spot or moved away before I could get a bead on it. In spite of that, I eventually managed to get a few useable shots.
This one is my favorite from the day – mainly because of the completely white background. It would look like a studio shot except for the blurry snowflakes coming past the tree trunk. In reality, the snow on the ground and in the air behind the bird just blurred together into a pure white background.
The Prairie Ecologist
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