Photos: Dreaming big and chasing fog in Minnesota's Wright County

Ethereal mornings
"This is my place. I find beauty in it everyday," said photographer Christine Fagerlie. "Once you spend a little time here everyone comes away with a sense of peace and calmness that it provides."
Courtesy of Christine Fagerlie

Every artist needs a muse.

Photographer Christine Fagerlie draws inspiration from the graceful pastures, dense woods and a lone creek surrounding her family's ranch-style rental. The house is one of four located on a 250-acre farm in Minnesota's Wright County.

Fagerlie, 48, a longtime life insurance underwriter and self-taught photographer, begins most days peering out a trio of windows facing east. "We have a wide open view of sunrise," she said. Fagerlie hopes for fog and gauges the light's quality. The presence of fog, in particular, means nudging work tasks a bit.

Fagerlie, her boyfriend and teenage daughter moved from Crystal, Minn., a Twin Cities suburb, to the rural property near Buffalo, Minn., about a year ago. "We've all blossomed here," Fagerlie said.

The relocation has proven particularly transformative for Fagerlie's photography, which she shares on Instagram via @dreaming_big_mn. An abundance of dramatic skies, dreamy landscapes and colorful farm scenes infuse her feed.

Editor's note: This feature is the first in an occasional series showcasing Minnesota photographers.

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