Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

The season of autumn in rural Minnesota, a photo essay October 24, 2017


IN THE SEASON of autumn, farm memories draw me back to the land.



To follow country gravel roads



and county highways



past sweeping fields of corn





A vintage Gleaner combine harvests a cornfield along LeSueur County Road 13 near Lake Jefferson.

under harvest


Partially harvested…


and unharvested.



Roads lead me by farm sites,



aged stately barns


Near historic Marysburg in LeSueur County.


and mammoth bins awaiting the yield.


Following a tractor pulling a 1970s era gravity box along LeSueur County Road 13.


I observe, too, farmers creeping tractors trailing wagons,



zipping along rural roadways


Visiting at the intersection of LeSueur County roads 13 and 16.


and stalled in conversation at a rural intersection.


Cattle graze along 241st Avenue, just off LeSueur County Road 13.


I scan the landscape with the eyes of someone who misses the farm,


A harvested field glistens with puddled rainwater and mud. Too much rain has slowed the harvest for farmers in southern Minnesota. They will be working long days and nights to catch up and get the crop in before the snow flies.


who remembers the hurry of her farmer father,


Enjoying a beautiful autumn Sunday afternoon along Waseca County Road 22.


who follows country roads in the season of autumn.


FYI: I shot these images in Rice, LeSueur and Waseca counties during a Sunday afternoon, October 22, drive with my husband.

Check back for more photos from that drive.

© Copyright 2017 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


20 Responses to “The season of autumn in rural Minnesota, a photo essay”

  1. Littlesundog Says:

    I do miss harvest time in the north. Harvest is different here – different crops and equipment – cotton and peanuts mostly. Lovely autumn images here, Audrey.

  2. Lovely Audrey. Makes me miss rural living!

  3. Bernadette Says:

    I was in the Twin Cities area two weeks ago but did not get to see much of the farm land. Your post brought back my growing up days on a Owatonna area farm! I enjoyed the stages of harvesting — work that takes time and the cooperation of the weather and the machines. Beautiful post.

  4. Don Says:

    My favorite time of the year in Farming Country! Thanks so much for the pictures. I enjoyed them while working at my desk this morning but these were much more impressive than the work I was doing……so I took a break, got some coffee and reminisced about bygone days…….

  5. Sheila Ehrich Says:

    It was 16 years ago when I had to leave the farm and move to the ‘burbs. When I first moved to Lakeville, I was surrounded by farm fields. But, unfortunately they all too quickly filled in with housing and strip malls. Thank you for the trip I wish I could find time to make myself.

  6. Valerie Says:

    Thanks for sharing… I love to go for drives in the country too, especially this time of year. Just going done 35W has had nice color.

  7. Beth Ann Says:

    Harvest is upon us without a doubt.

  8. Jackie Says:

    I love the smell of the harvest, it’s was in the air as we traveled home from the cabin yesterday. The other thing that I love about this time of year is the Combines working in the fields at night….I could watch for hours. Lucky I wasn’t driving, I’m sure I would have drove off the road 🙂

  9. —My favorite part?

    THE COWS!! Fascinating. xx

  10. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    I love it when you share pictures of farms! It reminds me of home

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