Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

The greening of Minnesota May 23, 2018

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ON A RECENT MAY MORNING, I stepped outside with my aged camera, a Canon EOS 20D DSLR. I hoped to photograph the cardinal I’d heard shrilling within hearing distance. But when I scanned the woods behind my house and the adjoining properties, no flash of red appeared. The sharp song, too, had ceased.



Instead, I spied a gold finch hidden among the branches of the backyard maple.



I noticed, too, the green of leaves, how the morning sun danced a rhythm of light.



No green seems greener than the green of Minnesota in spring. After months of enduring a monotone world of greys, black, browns and white, I need color. Spring gives me that.



The sky, too, seems bluer, asserting itself with a profound boldness.



Yet, a softness remains in the landscape, in the unfurling of blossoms dancing in the wind in the light of spring.

© Copyright 2018 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


18 Responses to “The greening of Minnesota”

  1. It is a “GREEN” Day Today – LOVE IT!!! I lived in “brown” for 11 years and then move to lush tropical greenness with pops of color. I prefer the green and vibrancy of color. Happy Day – Enjoy 🙂

  2. Almost Iowa Says:

    In Minnesota, there are a few short weeks on either side of mosquito season, beyond that is mud and snow. You captured the moment well. 🙂

  3. Kathleen Cassen Mickelson Says:

    Ah, there you go again – making lovely poetry with your images!

  4. Murphy's Law Says:

    The photographs are just beautiful and your descriptive narrative is perfect. I think I heard that bird singing!
    🔹 Ginger 🔹

  5. Lovely Audrey and beautiful pictures. I too, love spring!

  6. Nice to see the greens of the maple trees and your pictures captured it perfectly.

  7. Littlesundog Says:

    Forrest had business in Minneapolis this week. He said the temps were so much nicer up there… it’s in the 90’s here. I’m glad to see your green has arrived!

  8. Jackie Says:

    …and green is your favorite color! Beautiful photo’s as always Audrey.

  9. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    Beautiful! I love the little golden finches

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