Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Winter photo poetry February 18, 2019

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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


28 Responses to “Winter photo poetry”

  1. Ruth Says:

    You find the beauty of winter and share it eloquently.

  2. Beth Ann Says:

    There is beauty everywhere – even in the cold of winter.

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  4. Brenda R Says:

    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!

  5. Valerie Says:

    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

  6. Sheri Eichhorn Says:

    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!

  7. BERNADETTE Thomasy Says:

    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.

  8. hotlyspiced Says:

    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

  9. –Only YOU can make winter beautiful to me.
    You & Poetry! xxx

  10. Kathleen Cassen Mickelson Says:

    Oh, my gosh, I love this post!!

  11. YES! Beautiful in so many ways 🙂

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