Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Remember this weekend when the snow flies, my dear Minnesotans November 6, 2016

Feeding the ducks in Morehouse Park, Owatonna, Minnesota, Sunday afternoon.

Feeding the ducks in Owatonna’s Morehouse Park on Sunday afternoon.

IF YOU LIVE IN MINNESOTA and did not spend most of this past weekend outdoors, then please do not complain come January. For we have had a gloriously long autumn that has extended in to these early days of November.

Walking on a carpet of oak leaves in Kaplan Woods, Owatonna.

Walking on a carpet of oak leaves in Kaplan’s Woods, Owatonna.

What a gift. What an absolute gift. Each day that the weather remains warm, sunny and without snow means one less day of winter.

Every detail, even leaves in a creek in Kaplan Woods, delighted me.

Every detail, even leaves in a creek in Kaplan’s Woods, delighted me.

For that I am thankful.

Some leaves are still clinging to trees like these by Lake Kohlmier in Owatonna.

Some leaves are still clinging to trees like these by Lake Kohlmier in Owatonna.

Sunshine and warmth defined the weekend, one I documented with my camera. When the snow flies and the temps dip to well below zero, I will pull up these photos and remember the delightful Autumn of 2016. And perhaps that will carry me to spring.

Cruisin' with the top down along Intersate 35E north of St. Paul Saturday afternoon.

Cruisin’ with the top down along Intersate 35E north of St. Paul Saturday afternoon.

Following a gravel road near Clinton Falls in Steele County.

Following a gravel road near Clinton Falls in Steele County on Sunday afternoon.

Finishing the corn harvest south of Faribault Sunday afternoon.

Finishing the corn harvest south of Faribault Sunday afternoon.

Mud hens bob across the choppy waters of Lake Kohlmier.

Mud hens bob across the choppy waters of Lake Kohlmier.

Checking out Lake Kohmier at the boat landing.

Checking out Lake Kohmier at the boat landing.

Taking the 1970s Ford Maverick out for a cruise Sunday afternoon by Lake Kohmier.

Taking the 1970s Ford Maverick out for a cruise Sunday afternoon by Lake Kohmier.

Sunday afternoon fishing along the Straight River in Morehouse Park.

Sunday afternoon fishing along the Straight River in Morehouse Park.

Water churns in the Straight River at the Morehouse Park dam.

Water churns in the Straight River at the Morehouse Park dam.

A recreational trail bridges the Straight River/Morehouse Park dam.

A recreational trail bridges the Straight River/Morehouse Park dam, a popular spot for outdoor enthusiasts this weekend.

Lots of dogs were out with their owners.

Lots of dogs were out with their owners.

Almost unbelievable: mowing lawn on Sunday, November 6, in Owatonna.

Almost unbelievable: mowing lawn on Sunday, November 6, in Owatonna.

Β© Copyright 2016 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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33 Responses to “Remember this weekend when the snow flies, my dear Minnesotans”

  1. Wow! A Ford Maverick! Haven’t seen one in years… just like this fantastic day πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

  2. Bernadette Thomasy Says:

    I loved my Sunday tour of Owatonna and nearby sites. Thank you. So happy you all had a beautiful day to enjoy.

  3. Beth Ann Says:

    It was a beautiful weekend in NYC as well and we had plenty of outside time walking the city and taking Penny to the dog park. πŸ™‚ Yes, these are the days to remember when the snow flies.

  4. Littlesundog Says:

    Wow! You really are having a remarkable autumn season! It’s been warm here too – almost too warm for Ronnie and Emma deer. They pant a lot during the 80 degree days – sporting those beautiful winter coats. But I think now we are heading to the 60’s with crisp night temps in the 40’s and 50’s. We still don’t have much color. Thanks for sharing your lovely candid images with us! It gives me a real feel for the community you live in. πŸ™‚ By the way… I love the Maverick!!

    • These images were actually shot in Owatonna, which is about 15 miles south of where I live.

      The weekend was splendid. And this morning the sun is shining bright again with the promise of another stunning day.

      My first car was a 1976 Ford Mercury Comet. Bright yellow. Basically the same thing as a Maverick.

  5. Almost Iowa Says:

    Working on the farm gave me a completely different view of autumn. On these warm windless sunny weekends, instead of planning a walk through the woods, we are thinking….Geez, we might get 30 trucks in today!

  6. Dan Traun Says:

    Love this weather. I invite it to continue until December for a brief interlude of snow over the holiday season. It would be quite welcome to return mid-February. This Autumn has been quick busy; now it will be dark by 6 p.m. This last weekend was a must to wrap up yard work.

  7. Jackie Says:

    The photo you took on 35E was the same spot we were at about 2:30 on Saturday afternoon, we were on our way up to see the baby. It’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that it’s still November! I wouldn’t wish it away for a moment. Loved all your photo’s highlighting this beautiful fall

  8. treadlemusic Says:

    Ahhhh, yes!!!! Out on the cycles with friends on Saturday afternoon…..amazing!!! Only light jackets/shirts needed. Not as many out as I would have thought but it WAS the deer/gun season opener! How frustrating to be in your ‘stand’ knowing all too well that the deer were dozing somewhere and enjoying the weather, too!!! LOL!!!!!!

  9. It was a beautiful weekend and your pictures captured it perfectly

  10. Thanks for sharing MN Fall – loving your captures πŸ™‚ Yes to enjoying the beautiful days! Happy Day

  11. Don Says:

    Great pictures and weather wish I was there! I on the other hand had to fire up the snow blower and put it to work as it snowed all weekend here, crummmmmmm

  12. Sue Ready Says:

    Indeed it is a gift this weather and it really elevates everyone’s mood. Loved all your photos.


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