Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Reflections on a prairie sunset June 30, 2013

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Sunset on the prairie

WE STOOD ALONG THE EDGE of the gravel road Saturday evening, my 13-year-old nephew and I, mesmerized by the glorious golden sun pinking the sky above and below a layer of blue grey.

I raised my camera. He lifted his phone. We snapped several photos, compared, wished for better zooms to photograph the prairie sky north of Lamberton in southwestern Minnesota.

Sunset on the prairie 2

“It’s what I miss most about this place, the sunrise and the sunset,” I said.

“And the stars,” Stephen added.

Sun and stars.

He was right. The stars, too.

Copyright 2013 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


22 Responses to “Reflections on a prairie sunset”

  1. Tom and DeLores Johnson Says:

    Hi Audrey,
    Beautiful pictures! I agree that we live in a wonderful place to see the sun, moon and stars.
    The other night the Harvest Moon looked like it was just above the tree tops and was huge
    and so bright. I know they see it in the city but it just seems so much more clear in the
    country. I guess I am prejudiced!!!!
    I love to open your blog every day…it is like opening a Christmas package..a surprise!
    I always take my laptop and sit in an easy chair when I open and read it. Love it.


    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      DeLores, you are so sweet. I’m glad you enjoy my Minnesota Prairie Roots blog. I love sharing my stories and photos with readers like you. I’ll be back to the prairie several more times this summer, so you can look for more images from your area in upcoming weeks.

  2. Jackie Says:

    Beautiful, and I love the little bird on the fence post in the first photo….the sunset was especially beautiful last night, I had my camera out too 🙂

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      You know, I did not even notice the bird until I downloaded the pix into my computer. I was so focused on that sun.

  3. Tom and DeLores Johnson Says:

    I hope I see you when you are in our area!!


    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      It would be nice to meet you sometime, too. But our next trips out there are packed with family events.

  4. treadlemusic Says:

    I was just noticing the sunset tonight…..gorgeous!! I love country living!

  5. Lanae Says:

    Me too

  6. ————————————————
    “It’s what I miss most about this place, the sunrise and the sunset,” I said.

    “And the stars,” Stephen added.

    Sun and stars.

    He was right. The stars, too.
    I could’t agree more. It makes me weary to think about moving any closer to a concrete/asphault jungle. They are all ablaze with artificial light. Nature’s light fixtures are just fine. The price of gasoline, though, is making it harder and harder to commute to the city.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Even my neighborhood in Faribault has way too much artificial light. When I think about all the stars I saw as a kid and how I never notice them anymore, it makes me feel a bit melancholy.

  7. Breathtaking & Beautiful!!!

  8. ryanware Says:

    Great shots of sunset on the farm

    I was out and about that night too. I was photographing up northwest of Marshall, MN. Ghent, Minneota, Taunton, Porter, and Canby. Found a really nice cafe with good food and some great small towns and saw a wonderful sunset as well. I was in Walnut Grove Saturday night and captured a similar sunset. It’s a nice time of year for sunsets.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Those small town cafes are the best.

      And the prairie sunsets, the best, too.

  9. Lisa C. Says:

    Aw yes, the prairie sunsets. One of the things I have enjoyed since moving out here. I also love to feast my eyes on the clouds. No hills or mountains to minimize the view. 🙂

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I am curious, Lisa. Where did you move from? Welcome to Minnesota.

      • Lisa C. Says:

        Aubrey, We moved from northern California, north of San Francisco. Our town, and the neighboring towns, were surrounded by mountains creating beautiful valleys. Since we’ve moved out here, we have been in awe of the clouds and sunsets. The thunder and lightening storms have been a lot of fun too! 😀

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        I’ve never been to California, but, yes, definitely sounds like quite a change in the landscape. Our daughter is marrying a guy who grew up in Bakersfield, California, and lived in LA before moving here last October. He endured one of Minnesota’s worst winters ever. He hasn’t left yet…

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