Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

My observations as autumn teases Minnesota September 14, 2016

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As I passed Kamp Dels near Waterville recently, I noticed how the campground is emptying.

As I passed Kamp Dels near Waterville recently, I noticed how the campground is emptying.

AS MUCH AS I DON’T WANT to admit it, summer is fading into autumn here in Minnesota. I like fall. I really do. But I don’t appreciate what follows. Winter.

Just down the tree-lined road from Kamp Dels, leaves are changing color on lakeside trees.

Just down the tree-lined road from Kamp Dels, leaves are changing color on lakeside trees.

The shift in seasons began already in August with a subtle hint of color tinging select trees. Now more leaves are changing color and dropping. A leaf here, a leaf there. And before we know it, the trees are bare.

Between Waterville and Elysian sits the Cannonville Community Church.

Between Waterville and Elysian sits the Cannonville Community Church.

But I am getting ahead of the days.

Fields line a back county road between Waterville and Elysian.

Crops are changing color along a back county road between Waterville and Elysian.

For now, corn fields are morphing from green to golden. Flowers that once bloomed in vivid hues are browning, dying. Gardens are ripe with produce.

Ripening crops unfold before me near the Cannonville church.

In the rolling landscape near the Cannonville church, corn fields ripen.

The sun fades earlier. A definitive sharpness in the evening air hints of colder months ahead.

Fields and roadway stretch between Morristown and Faribault.

Fields and roadway stretch between Morristown and Faribault in rural Rice County.

I feel a certain sense of melancholy mixed with anticipation as autumn evolves, as harvest approaches. The sights, sounds, smells and tastes of September delight me. I welcome cobalt skies, splashes of red in tree lines, piles of pumpkins, candles flickering warmth and light, the comfort of a well-worn sweatshirt.

Hints of autumn are visible everywhere along this rural roadway between Morristown and Faribault.

Hints of autumn are visible everywhere along this rural roadway between Morristown and Faribault.

But I see winter knocking at the door, suitcase bulging with snowflakes.

Β© Copyright 2016 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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32 Responses to “My observations as autumn teases Minnesota”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    I can almost smell fall in these pictures. No two ways about it–it will come. Enjoy the loveliness that fall offers and embrace the smells. It really is a lovely season.

  2. But what about “global warming”? Perhaps winter this year will only have a “carry-on” bag!

  3. Love the road captures πŸ™‚ I do not miss the cold and that white stuff, especially driving in it. I do miss Fall though and the changing of the colors. One set of family has said goodbye to MN and headed to their snowbird place where it is warm. The other set should be hitting the road next month and will eventually be coming down here for a 4-month stay. Happy Day – Enjoy!

  4. Marneymae Says:

    wishing you a long, slow, lovely Autumn.

  5. Don Says:

    Autumn is my favorite time of the year too! I love the colors but I do miss the red colors as we don’t have much of that here, mostly yellows, and gold with a sprinkling of purple from the fireweed down at ground level. The crisp air and the night….. oh how I enjoy having the 24 hours of sunlight go away and the darkness of night return! Now we can see the stars which we have not been able to see all summer and the northern lights add to the enjoyment. Soon it will be too cold to enjoy sitting outside, and the frost we have had over the last couple of weeks has all but destroyed the flowers that we enjoyed all summer. However fires in the fireplace, hot chocolate, a good book and peaceful evening are just around the corner. If I could only have the aroma of fall that goes with the season……………………..

    I so look forward to moving someday and enjoying the rural road trips! I always enjoy those pictures you take of the local area there!

  6. Jackie Says:

    I love fall, and I will hold onto it as long as it stays, but it’s the after that, that I’m looking forward to. πŸ™‚

  7. Valerie Says:

    Fall is my favorite season but of course I love the changing seasons but winter could be a little shorter!
    I liked your last line about the suitcase full of snowflakes! Clever!

  8. We live in the Nashville,TN area and I was walking this morning and seeing the fallen leaves and smelling fall. I understand as I love fall also,but winter,not so much. 😏Jen

  9. Ha ha I love the snow when I don’t have to go out in it

  10. Sue Ready Says:

    The shift in seasons began already in August with a subtle hint of color tinging select trees.

    Audrey, you always have just the right words to capture the ever evolving landscape with your evocative words and photos.

  11. Dan Traun Says:

    The Mrs. and I just returned from Colorado and noticed the change in full swing where we live – crops, trees – along with all of our yard plants that were not looking so good due to a lack of moisture in our absence. It is that time of year…again.

  12. Our new farm is not too far from Cannonville Church! We are across from Sabre Lake.


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