Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

The power of water, in images & words November 11, 2016

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Lake Kohlmier in Owatonna.

Lake Kohlmier in Owatonna.

WATER. What is it about this compound of hydrogen and oxygen that fascinates us? Or at least me.

The Straight River churns at the Morehouse Park dam in Owatonna.

The Straight River churns at the Morehouse Park dam in Owatonna.

The sound of rushing water, like rushing wind, soothes. It comforts me in the sort of way a lullaby can quiet a crying baby. It’s as if that rushing sound is locked away in our subconscious, there before birth. Undeniable, connecting us to the water womb comfort of our mothers.

Wind-churned water bobbed this mud hen along the surface of Lake Kohlmier.

Wind-churned water bobbed this mud hen along the surface of Lake Kohlmier.

Water’s powerful pull extends well beyond the audible. Water sustains us. Physically. Yet more. Visually, water draws us near to watch its movement—flowing, tumbling, rushing, rocking.

The Straight River flows toward the historic Owatonna Public Utilities building.

The Straight River flows toward the historic Owatonna Public Utilities building.

I am captivated by the musical, rhythmic movement of water.

Still, clear creek water in Kaplan's Woods.

Still, clear creek water in Owatonna’s Kaplan’s Woods.

Sometimes a ballad.

Water rushes over the Morehouse Park dam.

The turbulent waters at the Morehouse Park dam.

Other times rock-n-roll.

A close-up of the churning Straight River as photographed from the Morehouse Park recreational trail bridge.

A close-up of the churning Straight River as photographed from the Morehouse Park recreational trail bridge.

Maybe a turbulent county western song of love lost, love found, too much booze and too many late nights. Bluesy. Sad. Hopeful.

I can rest beside a waterfall, a dam, a creek, a river for considerable time, almost hypnotized by the sights and sounds. It’s as if water washes away my worries, sending them downstream, far, far away. I find peace in water.

A creek in Kaplan's Woods.

A creek in Kaplan’s Woods.

Water holds such power.

TELL ME: What power does it hold for you?

© Copyright 2016 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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26 Responses to “The power of water, in images & words”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    Water soothes me. When I wake up each morning and see the still water on our lake I feel calm and reassured as the sun rises that all will be okay today. We both have a love of all things water, right? Tomorrow we head to the beach for a few days so I am REALLY looking forward to spending some time walking by the water.

  2. Littlesundog Says:

    I’ve always been drawn to the water. I love mirror images on calm days, and I find the sound of gently flowing water soothing. The rush of rapid moving or cascading power reminds me to respect nature.

  3. Jackie Says:

    Rick and I LOVE the North Shore and the mighty Lake Superior, sometimes we feel like we are at the ocean, with waves that can be surfed on and 10 foot splashes that come off the rocks. There is a lot of power in that Lake!

  4. treadlemusic Says:

    The gentle ‘lappin’ of the wavelets on the shore with the haunting Loon calls floating over the lake’s reflection of a setting summer sun………………….sigh…………………

  5. I’m enchanted by the ocean when I get to chance to be near it. The sound of it, the constant movement – very hypnotic. These images are beautiful and soothing – something that is much-needed right now!

  6. It’s a bit edgy but I like Brad Paisley’s song entitled “Water.” Here is a link to the YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AHnQtY1bg4

  7. Valerie Says:

    I, too, love being near water any chance I get. I love Lake Superior and get re-energized by being near it, but any body of water will do. It reminds me of a poem I wrote that starts “There is no place I would rather be, than by the shore or on the sea.” Notice, not in it. Growing I had many opportunities to swim in the lakes up in northern MN…now I don’t like the thought of jumping into dark water…unless I can water-ski! I enjoy your photos!

  8. norma Says:

    I spent a few days this week with my 4 daughters at Morro Bay, here in California. The ocean is so beautiful. The first day, it was very mellow, but by the time we left, the water was angry and churning fiercely. I love it when the tide comes in. I know God is talking to me when I am there. The weather was gorgeous. It was in the 70’s, and such a glorious time.l.

  9. Robynne Black Says:

    What a beautiful post Audrey, love all the photos. I grew up by the ocean, its still ‘home’, I really don’t feel truly alive until I arrive at the beach, take that first deep breath of salty air, and go ‘Yep’ that feels just right. 🙂 Enjoying your posts.

  10. Sue Ready Says:

    Great photo imagery of water you have captures. All rather soothing.

  11. Water like tornadoes has a captivating curiosity that is unfortunately sometimes underestimated! Yet what would we do without water

  12. ***musical, rhythmic movement of water***

    I LOVE how you compare the water to words, ballads, rhythm, rock & roll, Audrey.

    Yeah, if we listen long enough, water isn’t just the words or verse….

    it becomes the entire poem.

    Excellent post. xx


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