Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Welcoming spring in southern Minnesota April 24, 2020

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Photographed in Faribault’s North Alexander Park, along the shore of the Cannon River.


THIS TIME OF YEAR in Minnesota, after six-plus months of cold and grey, we welcome the greening of the land.


A patch of green in the woods along a recreational trail in Faribault.


Slowly, on those days when the sun shines with warmth and strength, dormant grasses and plants push through the earth.


Singled out in the woods.


Buds form.


A duck swims at Two Rivers Park in Faribault, where the Cannon and Straight Rivers join.


Rivers, now free of ice, flow. And waterfowl paddle the waters, hug the shorelines. Nesting.


Photographed recently from the Rice County Courthouse lawn, bikers on Fourth Street/Minnesota State Highway 60.


People, too, are breaking free of winter constraints with motorcycles pulled from storage and now roaring down streets and highways.


Here the Straight River Trail in Faribault crosses the Cannon River.


Recreational trails offer a natural respite from everything. A place to walk or jog or bike. A place to just get away from it all for awhile. To take a mental break and renew one’s spirit.


A scene in North Alexander Park, near the Cannon River.


Quieter spots exist, too, to sit for awhile. Not to contemplate that which we’ve lost. But to embrace that which we still have—a world greening with spring in Minnesota.

© Copyright 2020 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


21 Responses to “Welcoming spring in southern Minnesota”

  1. Littlesundog Says:

    Our landscape has been green for a few weeks now, but it’s always grand to see the welcome signs of spring after the bitter cold of winter. Our nut trees are usually the last to leaf out, and that is happening this past week. Weeds are already a couple of feet tall… and the insects are making their big appearance. It’s official. Spring has sprung!! I can’t wait to see more photos from you as your spring season progresses!

  2. valeriebollinger Says:

    Spring is a season of hope…it is nice to see the multiple colors of green…I love it.

  3. Ken Wedding Says:

    Thanks for thinking, reflecting, photographing, and writing during this difficult time.

  4. Almost Iowa Says:

    There is a photo going around the internet that perfectly illustrates Minnesota seasons. It is of a gas station where a snowmobile and a motorcycle are filling up side by side.

  5. Finally getting a good soaking rain here today. Nothing like a storm to roll in for a 5 am wake up call. I pruned all the trees in our yard on Sunday and the Mockingjay was happy when I was done messing with its tree/perch. The exciting news is that our baby lime tree we planted recently has limes almost ready to pick – hello! to a spritz/squeeze of lime 🙂 Be safe, take care and Happy Day – Enjoy.

  6. Jackie Hemmer Says:

    I think it’s finally here to stay 🙂

  7. Lovely spring pictures, Audrey –so nice when it finally shows its head in MN.

  8. Ahhhh Minnesota in Spring.😊❤️

  9. JanBeek Says:

    Spring is poppin’ out all over s.w.Montana, too. Love your pictures, Audrey. Thank you! ❤

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