Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Hints of autumn in Minnesota September 11, 2017

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ALREADY THE EARTHY HUES of autumn brush the Minnesota landscape. Touches of red and orange and yellow tip trees now spiraling leaves onto grass and asphalt and sidewalks.

I delight in autumn, a season I welcome for the crisp nights that birth mornings of warm sunshine. Each day seems a gift to hold heart close.



Summer memories fly on the wings of butterflies dipping among fading plants—milkweed and goldenrod and petunias drying in pots.

The air carries the scent of corn ripening, the anticipation of harvest approaching, the promise of the yield.



And in the evening, when the sun slips too soon into darkness, when I close the windows against the overnight cold, I smell still the spicy aroma of chili ladled into handcrafted bowls shaped of the earth. And I am grateful for this season of autumn in Minnesota.


© Copyright 2017 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


22 Responses to “Hints of autumn in Minnesota”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    I am sure you are happy with the approach of fall. I was just bemoaning to Chris yesterday that I was not ready for fall because I felt like I had no summer. Perhaps because we were gone so much and I didn’t have as much time to just sit on our back deck and enjoy the summer like I love to do. Ah well—it will come again, right?

    • I love the colors and weather of autumn. But I also enjoy summer, and it was a beautiful one here in Minnesota. But, like you, I feel as if this was the summer that wasn’t given my shoulder injury, subsequent recovery and many medical appointments. Not being able to use my camera for three months was tough. There’s so much to photograph during the summer. I missed out on a lot of events and activities. I would love to have this summer back, minus the health issues.

  2. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    Mmm fall is in the air. Love your photos especially the little dish. Now I want to make chili! I’m waiting for the first chilly rainy day.

  3. Bernadette Thomasy Says:

    Three lovely images and poetic words – a nice way to start the week. Thank you. We are eager for fall in Sacramento; we’ve had super hot temps the last few weeks and it was supposed to be cooling off.

  4. Littlesundog Says:

    I never enjoyed autumn much until we moved on this place. Now I think of walks to the river – especially as the fall rains arrive and knock down some of those tall weeds! The deer are getting their winter coats already. And this year… there will be a pecan harvest!! Something new.

    I love your maple leaf bowl. Beautiful and functional!


    We have dozens of the same kind of butterflies pictured above gorging themselves on the pollen on the bushes in front of our church, along with lots of bees. I have not been able to determine if they are moths or butterflies.

  6. Kathleen Cassen Mickelson Says:

    Such a poetic post today! Lovely.

  7. Judy M. Says:

    Beautiful photo’s today. Thank you.

  8. Don Says:

    Our leaves are mostly in full color now and the nights have turned dark, in fact the street lights have been coming on for over a week now something we have not observed for the summer months. I relish the autumn weather! Humm your mention of Chili sure sounds good, great autumn food on a cold evening. Fall harvesting must be getting ready if not already started in your part of the world and I sure miss that…………………….

    • I’m already lamenting that darkness begins descending now before 8 p.m. I love the longer days of summer.

      I can understand your missing the Minnesota harvest. There’s just something about the smells, the sounds, the sights of harvest. Yes, preps are beginning for the harvest as the corn and beans ripen.

  9. Jackie Says:

    I’m beginning to see autumn all around me, such a beautiful time of year!

  10. Valerie Says:

    Autumn is my favorite season. I’m so glad I live in a place where it is distinctive.

  11. Susan Ready Says:

    Your post is nothing short of a poem with all your poetic lines. Lovely well chosen words

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