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This book is packed with gorgeous full-page close-up photos of prairie plants and animals, interspersed with a dozen short essays that include both ecology and natural history tidbits and enthralling and gently humorous anecdotes about Helzer’s experience staring into a tiny bit of prairie for one year. Helzer writes eloquently about the conservation value of prairies and uses his photos and stories to reinforce a conservation ethic among his readers.
“For years now, I’ve relied on Chris Helzer to answer every prairie question I could think of, and not once has he failed me. When it comes to grasslands, his knowledge is as deep as the roots of the big bluestem grass we all cherish. How wonderful to examine a single spot, yet see the world.”—Joel Sartore, photographer and fellow, National Geographic Society
“Chris Helzer is one of the finest natural history communicators I know. This beautifully illustrated book collects experiences over a year from a small patch of Nebraska prairie and weaves them into a glorious account of life overlooked. It will inspire readers, no matter where they live, to take a closer look at their own backyards.”—Clay Bolt, natural history photographer