Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Of blossoms & butterflies August 6, 2021

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Phlox. Minnesota Prairie Roots copyrighted photo 2021.

PHLOX IN VIBRANT SHADES of purple and pink, interspersed with occasional white blossoms, fill my flowerbeds. They thrive, their fragrance scenting the air that drifts through my office window.

A yellow swallowtail butterfly. Minnesota Prairie Roots copyrighted photo 2021.

Occasionally I spot butterflies flitting among the phlox, random milkweeds, wild orange tiger lilies, ferns and other unidentified plants growing in a tangled mess of wildness. I love watching them—the monarchs and the swallowtails—their wings flapping with such incredible grace. They swoop and dip and pause. As if dancing. As if performing. As if penning poetry.

A mess of flowers grow on a hillside next to woods in our backyard. Minnesota Prairie Roots copyrighted photo 2021.

Moments like this imprint upon me the importance of pausing to appreciate the beauty of nature. The details of a flower petal. The curve of a butterfly wing. The bend of a milkweed pod.

Phlox up close. Minnesota Prairie Roots copyrighted photo 2021.

Now, more than ever, I need this connection to nature, these moments to reset. To see that, even as a pandemic rages, flowers still bloom and butterflies still fly.

© Copyright 2021 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

 

10 Responses to “Of blossoms & butterflies”

  1. Sheila Ehrich Says:

    I totally agree! It’s also interesting to see the difference in the number and types of butterflies from year-to-year. Ten to fifteen years ago my backyard prairie was filled with Monarchs and Swallowtails. Then I had a couple summers where I only saw 5 or 6. But numbers seem to be back on the rise, albeit slowly.

  2. Your phlox is beautiful.

  3. Valerie Says:

    I love the wildness of the flowers popping up in the woods behind your house! And I’m glad you appreciate the healing they provide, by just being there for you. 😉

  4. Jackie Hemmer Says:

    I love your flowers, so pretty! did you plant them all yourself?


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