Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

The season of autumn in images & words October 23, 2018

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AS LEAVES SPIRAL IN BURSTS of wind to the ground, the season of autumn nears the exit here in Minnesota.



We are all cognizant of that impending departure. The farmers as they hurry to harvest crops. The squirrels as they gather and hide walnuts. And those of us who still have yards to prepare for winter.



I feel that pressure. To get the leaves raked,



the flowerbeds cleaned, flowerpots emptied,



the tabletop fountain hefted above garage rafters.



I wish for more days of cobalt skies, sunshine blazing warmth onto my back as I rake leaves, stuff them into trash cans.





I wish until I realize that by wishing, I am missing the season. So I grab my camera and turn it toward the maple leaves on the solo tree in our backyard, toward the woods edging our property, even to the neighbor’s bare branched trees.



Of course, I wish I could slow time, grab back summer days, hold onto each leaf stem yanked by the wind. But I can’t.



Every season brings its joys, its sorrow, its light, its darkness. That is a given. I can yearn for another season. Or I can choose to embrace the season in which I am living.


© Copyright 2018 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


32 Responses to “The season of autumn in images & words”

  1. Ruth Says:

    I’d say you’re embracing the season wonderfully, documenting the changes, the beauty.

  2. Brenda R Says:

    I have been enjoying the varying shades of red on the Burning Bush shrubs as I deliver my mail route! As one of the last things to turn to their glorious color, I also know that fall is now leaving us quickly! Enjoy the colors now before we have to turn our eyes to the beauty of white that will be here next!

  3. Lynne King Says:

    I think we all have our “favorite” seasons. Being a fellow photographer, I find unique challenges with each season when my wandering spirit takes hold. With each new season, we are presented with a new color palette, I agree with you that it is best to embrace the season we are residing in. It gives us hope for the season waiting around the bend.

  4. treadlemusic Says:

    Gorgeous Autumn photos! In stark contrast to my bloggy friend, Meredithe, who resides in Melbourne,AU, and posted (“Pomegranate and Chintz” blog) her beautiful Spring flowers. We are all connected, thanks(?) to technology!!!

  5. Lovely, Audrey. Indeed, enjoy the moments!

  6. Almost Iowa Says:

    Beautiful photos, as always. Sure would like to see more harvest dust though… Remember how in years past, you could see the dust trail of a combine from five miles away? Not so this year.

  7. What was that old song back in the 50s ‘I will love you most of all when autumn leaves start to fall?’ The beautiful Autumn Leaves no Doubt hummed a few notes to the writer of that song.

  8. Valerie Says:

    Autumn is a beautiful season to embrace…but brings a lot of work too…all those beautiful leaves to rake! But the fresh air is crisp and knowing winter is coming helps to get me out and enjoy the fall.

  9. Littlesundog Says:

    The yellows and golds, with a few reds are just beginning down here. Not every year do we see color – just a lot of brown. I think this year there is promise of fall color!

  10. Jackie Says:

    Beautiful Fall photos Audrey, I love the change of colors and the Harvest and all that goes with Fall. Every season brings change in more ways than just the weather. This season is hard for us as our parents are aging and ailing. But I will hold on to this season as a privilege to give back to our parents… to love them the way they’ve always loved us. Rick and I tackled our flower gardens on Monday, got everything tidied up. Out little Audrey even came over on Sunday to help a bit. It’s been so nice to see the sun.

    • Thank you for recognizing that this post is more than just a post about fall colors. It’s about, as you explain, the changing seasons of life. I know it’s hard sometimes. But I also know that you are making the best of the challenges of aging.

      I hope to finish my yard work this afternoon.

  11. Beth Ann Says:

    We are still waiting for fall here. Some of the leaves are changing but it is even later than normal and even when I was in Ohio the leaves were still mainly green. We woke up to a frost here this morning so I suspect we will be seeing more color changes in the South now which will be wonderful. Thanks for your lovely captures.

  12. A season.
    A purpose.
    A time.
    The people we encounter ( big one )
    —God KNOWs what we need before we do.
    This gives me comfort. xxxx

  13. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    I think it’s natural to remember the past and dream of the future but one also needs to remember to live for today

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