Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Spring afternoon at River Bend, a photo essay April 9, 2019

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AUTUMN’S OAK LEAVES cling to branches.



Swatches of green pop in the woods.



Fungi ladder tree trunks.





Brilliant red flashes against weathered grey.



Ponds populated by trilling peepers reflect the changing blue of the sky.



Geese honk territorial warnings best respected.



A camouflaged bird blends into stands of invasive buckthorn.



Dried vegetation proves a visual reminder that spring is not yet fully here in Minnesota.



But tell that to the woman walking barefoot.



Just behind the boys with feet still snugged inside winter boots.



At River Bend Nature Center in Faribault, people hiked and biked and rested on benches and even tracked squirrels in Sunday’s 60-degree temps. (More on the squirrels later.)



If not for the forecast of major snowfall later this week, I might believe these brown woods will soon leaf into a canopy of green.



No one would doubt that on Sunday, an ideal day to delight in the outdoors, to read poetry in the woods.



Spring spread her wings over River Bend on a lovely early April afternoon in southern Minnesota.


© Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


26 Responses to “Spring afternoon at River Bend, a photo essay”

  1. Ruth Says:

    Ahhh, that glorious pop of regal red amidst the bare gray branches. A symbol of fervent hope.

  2. Those birds are pelicans and I also saw 15 of them in Stillwater yesterday. I can’t believe that we are going to get slammed with snow in the next two days!

  3. It’s pretty watching Spring emerge. We are doing the same in our visit to Ohio and with so many years living in mild temperatures, I’d forgotten how renewing it was to see the earth starting to come alive again. I hope the warmth continues at least a few days as other family members converge to the area to celebrate a couple milestones. The cardinals photos are quite lovely!

  4. Littlesundog Says:

    Those sixty degree temps feel mighty good, don’t they? We’re to reach the high 80’s today and tomorrow. My arms are already tanned after a few days working outdoors. This is my favorite time of year.

  5. Love the Cardinal shots – that pop of red just grabs your attention. We had one flitting in the trees this weekend. That is one of my favorite parts of living where I do is the birdlife and they come in all shapes, sizes and colors too. Happy Day – Enjoy 🙂

  6. valeriebollinger Says:

    I, too, like the photos of the cardinals. I’ve taught my grandchildren about cardinals and now when they see one they point it out. Grandma’s favorite bird. 😉

  7. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    Great pictures! Winter doesn’t want to let go. I’ve seen forecasts for as much as 20 inches of snow for my area. At least it won’t last long

  8. beautiful photos Audrey, I too like many of your readers like the cardinal photo’s. The contrast is crazy vivid.

  9. Kathleen Cassen Mickelson Says:

    Beautiful peaceful photo essay. Thank you for sharing this!

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