A WINTER LANDSCAPE IN RURAL Minnesota can, at first glance, seem visually unappealing. White upon white upon white.
But then a moment happens. A curtain opens in the mind to reveal a scene that holds spectacular beauty.
Stubble pokes through snowy fields. A farm site stands isolated, yet strong, in all that winter vastness. And then, a layer of golden light slips between land and clouds.
The light. The textures. The immensity of the scene. All collide before my eyes, to create a winter photo poem. Beautiful in its complexity. Beautiful in its simplicity. Winter.
I photographed this scene along Interstate 35 somewhere north of Faribault around sunset Saturday.
© Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling
You find the beauty of winter and share it eloquently.
It’s not always easy. But I’m trying. This morning the sun shines bright upon the landscape as light snow falls. It looks like someone is shaking a jar of glitter onto my neighborhood. Absolutely beautiful.
There is beauty everywhere – even in the cold of winter.
Yes, and I need to work harder to see that in winter.
Beautiful, indeed!! ❤
Thank you, dear Penny.
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Thank you for the thoughts on the beauty of winter! There’s beauty to be seen, if only we pause to notice it! So many times we’re too busy shoveling, or bundling up to appreciate it. We are just driving back home from visiting our son south of Indianapolis. While it was great not seeing piles of snow, I didn’t enjoy the brown dirtiness either! Or all the garbage along the roads! I even commented to some native Indianans about it and they agreed a light layer of snow freshens things up!
I hope you didn’t run into bad roads while traveling, but I expect you did given all the snow in Wisconsin and Iowa.
When we drove through Indiana several years ago along the interstate aiming for Boston, we also saw lots of garbage. And that was in May.
Our son who has driven many roads in Indiana, as he puts on several hundred to 1,000 miles a week, even said it’s a dirty state as far as road garbage. Sounds like they need Adopt-A-Highway! All that garbage leaves a bad impression!
That would be a great idea.
When I saw your photo I thought I recognized the sky! The photo on my blog this morning is of the same sky closer to sunset. We were traveling south on 35W towards Faribault. Fun
That would be the same sky. I’ll head over to your blog soon and see what you photographed.
It was definitely a stunning winter sky.
A winter photo poem! I do love your take on life, Audrey! You see such beauty in the simple, which is where the beauty quietly rests, waiting for us to look with eyes open to its gifts. Thank you–for the photo and your thoughts. Always a welcome part of my day!
Thank you, Sheri. I trace my appreciation for the simple to my native prairie. When you grow up on the prairie, you notice the details and see the beauty therein.
What a beautiful photo – the sky and the snow just wrap themselves around the farm site, projecting warmth rather than cold. A remarkable photo that takes me back to Minnesota.
Thank you, Bernadette. The more I look at that image, the more I love it for the very reasons you give.
That certainly is a lot of white. It looks so cold! It’s so hot here at the moment – this is an absolute contrast to my part of the world xx
I’m sorry you are dealing with too much heat. If only we could exchange some temps, huh?
–Only YOU can make winter beautiful to me.
You & Poetry! xxx
Ah, thank you, Kim.
Oh, my gosh, I love this post!!
Thank you, Kathleen. Your appreciation means a lot to me.
YES! Beautiful in so many ways 🙂