Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Artistry in a Minnesota sunset April 24, 2017

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The sun begins to set as we head west on Minnesota State Highway 60 toward Kenyon.


SUNRISE, SUNSET…so begin lyrics from a song in “Fiddler on the Roof.” I’ve always loved that musical and the song about the seasons of life. How quickly we progress from the sunrise of life to the sunset.

The setting and rising of the sun, while symbolic of life, are of themselves worthy of appreciation. There’s such beauty in the hues that break across the sky, weaving with clouds and sometimes water to produce spectacular visuals. Works of art, really.


A line of clouds divided the sky as we continued west.


On an early spring Saturday afternoon, returning from a day trip to La Crosse, Wisconsin, my husband and I aimed toward the setting sun, the sky layered in darkness and light.


Between Kenyon and Faribault, the sun silhouetted a farm site.


As we drove along Minnesota State Highway 60 west to Faribault from Kenyon, the sun slipped closer to the earth, blazing like a brilliant spotlight in our eyes.





Then, entering Faribault on the east side, cresting the Highway 60 hill before dipping toward the river valley, I saw before me hues of orange and yellow brushed across the sky like a watercolor painting. It was one of those moments of nearly indescribable, spectacular beauty. A gift at the end of the day.

Welcome home.

FYI: Please check back for photos of the sun setting over the Cannon River by the King Mill Dam. We headed there to watch the final moments of the sunset.

© Copyright 2017 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


18 Responses to “Artistry in a Minnesota sunset”

  1. valeriebollinger Says:

    I love sunrises and sunsets! They are gifts. This was another beautiful one you captured.

  2. Kathleen Cassen Mickelson Says:

    Beautiful! Thank you for celebrating the beauty that is everywhere around us if we just recognize it.

  3. Don Says:

    Great sunset pictures reminds me so much of home! Being as flat as it is there have you ever witness the green flash that may occur a second or two before the sun dips below the horizon? I had never heard of it before until I was vacationing in Hawaii a few years ago watching a magnificent sunset with my brother and he told me about the phenomena and had pictures to prove it. I looked into it on the internet and sure enough it happens “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_flash”. Something to watch for for during the next sunset!

  4. Judy M Says:

    Love the pictures, I will look at them more than once. Thank you for posting them.

  5. Susan Ready Says:

    you have a keen sense of observation for the landscape and beauty of nature. .

  6. Littlesundog Says:

    I have always loved photographing the huge utility transmission structures in the area. You’ve captured some lovely landscape photographs!

  7. Jackie Says:

    Such a beautiful sunset! Do you ever chase the sunsets to get that perfect photo? I have 🙂

  8. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    Wow those sun set photos are stunning

  9. Susan Ready Says:

    your keen sense of observation and attention to detail merits many lovely images

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