Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Barns along Rice County Road 15 November 16, 2010

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White barn along Rice County 15


FOR YEARS WE’VE DRIVEN the back road from Faribault, through Morristown, to visit family in Waseca. The route slices through fields and past farm places that snuggle close to the roadway.

Sunday afternoon en route to Waseca and riding in the passenger front seat of our car with camera in hand, I was ready to capture the beauty of our first snowfall. I decided to focus on barns, which, if you’ve followed Minnesota Prairie Roots, you know I appreciate.

My blog statistics show that you, my readers, share my love of old barns.

So enjoy these barn images, taken through the car windows as my husband and I traveled along Rice County Road 15 between Faribault and Morristown. I’m pleased with how they turned out given I had little time to compose the shots.

Now just imagine what I could produce if I actually took the time to stop, get out of the car and take the photos. But we were in a hurry.

And, as my husband says, if we stopped every time I wanted to take a picture, we’d never get anywhere.



I couldn't believe how this picture turned out as I shot it through the driver's side window. The line of the car perfectly mimics the barn's roof line.



The owner of this barn, a friend of ours, re-roofed his barn this summer.



Of all the shots I took, this is my favorite because of its composition and because of the black earth peeking through the fresh, thin layer of snow.



I edited this to black-and-white even though there is little difference from the original white barn against the snow.


© Copyright 2010 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Check back for more barn photos from that road trip to Wascea.


8 Responses to “Barns along Rice County Road 15”

  1. Bernie (Rohlik) Bowman Says:

    Love the barns…not so much the snow!

  2. Kristin Says:

    How gorgeous! It’s hard to believe you have snow, though. It feels a world apart.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      The first snow of the season is always the most beautiful. By New Year’s I’m ready for warm weather and no snow.

  3. SO beautiful! You have SNOW?! .. ALREADY!? Send some over to the Detroit area okay? thanks. 🙂

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I’d love to send snow your way. What would be the best method of shipping this Minnesota snow to the Detroit area? Refrigerated boxcar, truck…?

  4. 4evered Says:

    Love the barns, and I too love looking at old barns on our trips. I love the snow you have. We have been having warm days here, temps into the high 60’s low 70’s. Very unusual for this time of year, but we are thankful for them at this time of year for getting outside work done comfortably. Thanks for sharing your barns, and look forward to others.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I could go for temps in the 60s and 70s instead of the 30s we have here in southeastern Minnesota. Where do you live?

      Freezing rain has been the problem in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro and areas north. We were spared, but may be in for some of this on Monday.

      Glad you liked the barn photos. I’ll continue to photograph and share those images. Seems a lot of my readers appreciate the history and beauty of barns.

      Thanks for stopping by Minnesota Prairie Roots.

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