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And there was light and clouds and beauty everywhere in rural Minnesota

Photo by Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Power lines tower over a cornfield between Redwood Falls and Morgan.

ALL THE WAY HOME, from southwestern Minnesota to southeastern, I watched the sky and the light and the crops as daylight edged ever nearer night.

Photo by Audrey Kletscher Helbling
A farm site sits next to a corn field between Morgan and New Ulm.

There’s something magical about this time when light angles sharp shadows and a certain glow prevails.

Photo by Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Along U.S. Highway 14 between New Ulm and Courtland.

On this particular evening, grey mingled with white and blue, clouds stretching and towering and sometimes nearly imprinting upon the earth.

I waited for the rain. Then, just east of Courtland along U.S. Highway 14, one of Minnesota’s most dangerous rural highways, the sky opened. For a short period, rain rushed across the windshield, washing away residue of bugs and bird poop with each swipe of the wipers.

Photo by Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Traveling U.S. Highway 14 near Eagle Lake.

Soon enough, the rain stopped and dry pavement rolled beneath the van tires.

Photo by Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Grain bins along Minnesota State Highway 60 just off U.S. Highway 14.

I focused once again on the light — the contrast of fading sunlight against battle grey sky,

Photo by Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Light ripples across a hillside of corn between Waterville and Faribault along Minnesota State Highway 60.

light spotlighting a hillside of tasseling corn,

Photo by Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Just east of Waterville along Minnesota State Highway 60.

vibrant yellow traffic signs popping alongside the road.

Photo by Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Barn and bins behind a corn field near Waterville.

The landscape appeared more focused, like a bold-lined picture colored with pointy new crayons. Sharp. New. Unrounded.

This post was written by Audrey Kletscher Helbling and originally published on Minnesota Prairie Roots.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by jody rooney on 08/04/2014 - 11:56 am.

    Anyone who understands light and photograph

    should have been out this weekend there were really spectacular opportunities.

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