Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Autumn on my doorstep September 12, 2013

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The first maple leaf to fall on my back doorstep.

The first maple leaf to fall on my back doorstep.

I DID NOT STAGE this photo. I noted this single maple leaf on the steps leading to my back door (ignore the need for paint there on the bottom wood trim) and the phrase, “autumn on my doorstep” popped into my brain.

I grabbed my camera and, walla, my first post about autumn. Typically I would be thrilled that autumn is sneaking into southern Minnesota. It is my favorite season with cooler temps, crisp air and stunning hues.

But this year, because of our incredibly long winter with a foot of snow on May 2 (I’m not making this up; click here) followed by a cold and rainy month of June, I was not ready for this arrival of fall. I want more summer with longer days and lazy afternoons and not even the remotest thought of snow.

With a little photo editing, I transformed that leaf on my back steps in to hues we can expect to see in a few weeks, maybe less. Have you noticed the tinge of yellow and orange in the trees here in Minnesota?

With a little photo editing, I transformed that leaf on my back steps in to hues we can expect to see in a few weeks, maybe less. Have you noticed the tinge of yellow and orange in the trees here in Minnesota? Or wherever you live?

I’ve lived here 57 years now. I should know better. This is Minnesota. Unpredictable. Weather always changing. Autumn knocking on my door. Should I let her in?

Copyright 2013 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

 

27 Responses to “Autumn on my doorstep”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    I am thinking that the unpredictable weather is pretty much everywhere. Today looks like it may actually be a nice day with a high of 75 which is pretty much perfect. Maybe I can actually get out in the yard and clean up some of the dead flowers without sweating to death. I am not ready for fall. I think I may just go to Houston to avoid it.

  2. treadlemusic Says:

    Once again…..where did this season go?? Sitting here, in the Black Hills, it is green and early summer appearing!!! What’s that about?? People are mowing lawns here!!! We’re “out West” in September…..it’s supposed to be brown!!! At least the temps have seemed to moderate in the Midwest!! Neat photo!

  3. Great Captures! Mother Nature is playing her own GAME lately and not sure how much say we humans have in the antics – ha! Happy Thursday:)

  4. cecilia Says:

    fantastic close up. however autumn is still very far away! maybe that leaf was from a parched tree? (she said hopefully!).. c

  5. Jackie Says:

    Oh I’m just giddy with the prospect of fall in the air. It’s a coming Audrey…..wouldnt it be nice to have a L-O-N-G fall for once. Love the close up of the leaf…so pretty ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Wanted to turn on the heat this morning! But I didn’t. Grabbed my treasured pile of Faribault Woolen Mills blankets from the closet instead.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      It almost feels cold enough to turn on the heat, doesn’t it? We closed the windows last night. Most of them anyway. I don’t like it to get “too stuffy” in the house.

      Ah, those Faribault Woolen Mill blankets…have you been to the “new” retail store since it reopened? You would love the look.

      • Tonight I will close the windows!
        Love the new retail store, and their “look”. Hope they continue to grow.
        They publish wonderful Instagram images.

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        I knew you would love the bare bones industrial “look” of the new store. I’m assuming it still has that look?

        I agree about the Instagram pix, although it’s been awhile, too, since I peeked at those.

  7. I love autumn…and I hope we have a real one and don’t skip over it to nasty temperatures. Today is the perfect day: 70, no humidity. This is what I want to stick around!


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