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When I took this picture, I was covered in soot from working all day in recently-burned areas. The photographer, the beautiful light, and the clean water passing over the falls were all in stark and welcome contrast to most of the surrounding landscape, which consisted largely of scorched earth and trees.  The scene was like a small peephole into what the larger landscape had been like just a few days earlier.

—Chris Helzer, ecologist, The Nature Conservancy

When I took this picture, I was covered in soot from working all day in recently-burned areas. The photographer, the beautiful light, and the clean water passing over the falls were all in stark and welcome contrast to most of the surrounding landscape, which consisted largely of scorched earth and trees.  The scene was like a small peephole into what the larger landscape had been like just a few days earlier.

Chris Helzer, ecologist, The Nature Conservancy

Chris Helzer, TNC ecologist and program director, took this shot after the wildfires last week at Niobrara Valley Preserve, Nebraska:

Lizards like this juvenile six-lined racerunner were still easy to find within the burned areas of the sandhills last week. Almost any source of shade seemed to have a lizard under it during mid-day.

See more of Chris’s photos from Niobrara.

Chris Helzer, TNC ecologist and program director, took this shot after the wildfires last week at Niobrara Valley Preserve, Nebraska:

Lizards like this juvenile six-lined racerunner were still easy to find within the burned areas of the sandhills last week. Almost any source of shade seemed to have a lizard under it during mid-day.

See more of Chris’s photos from Niobrara.