Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Enough to scare the blank out of you February 26, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Audrey Kletscher Helbling @ 5:00 AM
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Semi view 1


AT FIRST GLANCE, you likely are questioning my sanity in photographing a semi seemingly headed directly at the vehicle in which I am a front seat passenger.

If I did not understand the context of this image taken in October, I, too, would be screaming at myself to get the blank out of the way.

But things are not always as they seem.

This is actually a photo of a semi cab hooked to a cab traveling along Interstate 90 near the Rochester exit in southeastern Minnesota. Now imagine if my husband hadn’t been paying close attention. He may have thought the semi was aiming toward us and took evasive action. Thank goodness someone (not me) in our vehicle was fully alert and not fooled by an optical illusion.

ยฉ Copyright 2015 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


18 Responses to “Enough to scare the blank out of you”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    Great shot and I looked twice but knew you are not a huge risk taker so it had to be more than what it appeared to be. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. You can see the tow lights – it is a little daunting and scary when you look up and see this through your windshield though! We have been having a rash of wrong way drivers down here and the amount of fatalities down here is crazy (at least one a week if not one every few days). Be safe out there and keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. Happy Weekend – Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

    • That’s interesting and scary. What is the reason for all of the way wrong way drivers?

    • The most recent one was during broad day light and the person was driving under the influence. Luckily no one got hurt. The other one a few weeks back resulted in the wrong way driver and the driver he hit being killed. I am not sure if they determined the cause. Both drivers were not wearing safety belts. I always click it before engaging my vehicle. This city is massive with a whole lot of drivers and not very good public transportation. I would say between the months of December to April there are an additional million people snow birding, spring breaking or visiting. Then you have all the major events kicking off in January – Gasparilla (pirates galore), State Fair, Strawberry Festival, Carnival/Mardi Gras, etc. Just your usual craziness!

  3. Gunny Says:

    While I get somewhat tense in a bad snow storm, I get the same feeling in a torrent of rain. However, my biggest fear is black ice! Wrong way drivers, while not uncommon here in Texas, are usually attributed to alcohol or drugs and do occur it seems about once a month in the wee hours of early morning.

  4. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    That’s always unnerving

  5. Imagine if you were nodding off and your husband decided it would be funny to yell “Oh My God”.. Of course then he’d have to dial 911 to revive you..lol

  6. Jackie Says:

    My first thought….”well that’s too close for comfort”!

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