Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Rural driveway May 8, 2014

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I KEEP FLIPPING between the three photos.

Pick-up, unedited


Pick-up between Sleepy Eye and Morgan


Pick-up between Sleepy Eye and Morgan 2

Or edited.

But I can’t choose a favorite.

I like them all.

I like the lines of the field and drive, how my eyes are drawn to follow that pick-up into the farmyard.

I like the muted tones of grey and blue and those splashes of red in truck and outbuildings.

I like the ribbons of greening grass trimming the driveway, the bare trees edging the farm site.

This rural scene, along Brown County Road 29 southeast of Morgan, pleases me for the memories it holds. Not of this farm, but of my childhood on the farm. My heart is happy every time I travel back to southwestern Minnesota, past the fields and farms, gravel roads and grain elevators…through small towns…

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22 Responses to “Rural driveway”

  1. Dan Traun Says:

    Strong leading lines (field rows; driveway) grab your attention and bring you into the scene. I see the the light on in the shed and wonder what is in there and then wander off to the right along the tree line. Approx 2/3 the frame is sky giving you a sense of wide-open county. I would very much enjoy living on a homestead such as this.

  2. Beth Ann Says:

    I can’t pick a favorite, either. The lines of the fields draw my eye to the barn at the end and the road paralleling the rows just boosts those lines. Great shot and soon those fields will be lush and green!

  3. Beautiful pictures. It reminds me of my Gramps farm that I visited last weekend. I’m still trying to decide if I want to share the pictures I took of its nearly condemned condition. Broke my heart… another happy part of my childhood gone.

    • Thank you. I totally understand how you feel about your grandpa’s farm. It’s tough to see a place falling apart that you’re so attached to in memories. Yes, share the photos and your thoughts.

  4. cecilia Says:

    The truck is definitely a major feature, this looks just like my drive way!

  5. I can see the dilemma here! But I like the original because it seems to be the moodiest.

  6. My eye likes all 3 too 🙂 I was wondering if their is a dog involved – either in the truck or waiting in the yard or on the porch. I wonder what is being planted in the fields. Beautiful – Happy Day!!!

  7. Jackie Says:

    #3 wins my vote…lovely photo!

  8. hotlyspiced Says:

    This is so different to the Australian landscape. We don’t have any prairies and we certainly don’t have a lot of snow! I’d love to visit your part of the world one day xx

  9. ryanware Says:

    I like number 3, but I would bring the exposure up a bit, maybe 1/3 stop, but not to the point the sky looks like in number two. Might need to back off the highlights a little to keep the sky. I say number three, but the name cartoonify scares me. It might be one of those settings that looks good at web size, but you’d want to avoid if you were printing or displaying large. What software are you using?

    • You are way ahead of me in photo editing, Ryan. I use GIMP and know only the basics.

      I had mixed feelings about the blown out sky. It gives the image a sort of surreal look, though, which is what appealed to me.

  10. I’m going to buck the crowd. I like the second one. It has a clean, whitewashed look that seems to fit a farm shot.

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