Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Thoughts of spring in February February 19, 2021

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Leaves unfurling in southern Minnesota. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo May 2018.

THIS FEBRUARY MORNING, with spring still months away in Minnesota, I crave a landscape flush with color. Snow gone. Spring flowers popping. Grass greening. Trees budding.

Daffodils bloom in my front yard. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo.

I think we all need a glimpse of warmer, sunnier days after a wicked weather week across much of our country. I feel, especially, for the people of Texas. The unseasonably cold weather of ice and snow wrought incredible challenges with no power, broken water lines, even death. I feel for anyone living in Texas.

Crocuses blooming in my yard. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo.

Even though we’ve endured a lengthy stretch of subzero temps here in Minnesota, it’s just cold. Not destruction. Not heartache. We can manage and function and mentally remind ourselves that this won’t last forever. Temps are already rising.

Beautiful bleeding hearts bloom on two bushes in my backyard each spring. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo.

With those thoughts, I searched my files for photos of spring flowers. To brighten your day. To bring you joy. To remind you that in every season of life, we face challenges which stretch and test and grow us. But we can, and often do, come out on the other side as better people. More empathetic. More understanding. More grateful than ever for life, even if it’s sometimes hard.

These tulips were sent to me, as bulbs, from Paula in the Netherlands last spring. I later planted the bulbs in my yard and hope they erupt this spring. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo 2020.

We push through the difficulties, often with the support of loving family and friends, to bloom color into the world. Or at least that is my hope.


BE ASSURED THAT MINNESOTA looks nothing like the photos above right now. Snow layers the land in a landscape devoid of color. Under the snow and decaying leaves, spring flowers await warmer days when the frozen earth opens to the sun and sky.

© Copyright 2021 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


16 Responses to “Thoughts of spring in February”

  1. Ruth Says:

    I am hopeful for Spring, too. We’ve had a more serious winter than usual for us. But nothing like your Minnesota winters Grateful I don’t have to drive to work in dark mornings anymore.

  2. valeriebollinger Says:

    Thanks for giving us a taste of spring. Pictures of bright, colorful flowers does the heart good!

  3. Teresa Says:

    Such lovely images!

  4. TheAgWife Says:

    I am looking forward to the beautiful flowers too!

  5. Thank you for the lovely pictures, Audrey. I’m ready for spring!! It is much warmer here now. I was very fortunate during this crisis. I have running, clean water and electricity. Thank you for your warm thoughts and love. Big hugs! ❤

  6. I thing we are all ready for spring no matter where we live, right? The are all so lovely. Thank you for sharing some brightness .

  7. Susan Ready Says:

    Your pops of color make us all yearn for spring. Even the desert is shrouded in browns and beiges. I enjoyed your colorful photos.

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