Category Archives: Nature

One Last Hurrah

This post marks the end of our first scamping season. It’s hard to believe that we’ve been the proud owners of our bouncing, baby Scamp for six months already! We spent more time camping this year than we have in any other in any other season, but still, all good things must come to an end. Before the snow flies, we had one final outing and then put her in storage for the long, Minnesota winter.
scamp

The sun was shining when we arrived at Sibley State Park:
prairie grasses

The prairie section of the park was alive with Eastern Bluebirds, they were everywhere you looked! This was the only one that was still long enough for a photo:
eastern bluebird

We were so happy to be outside, especially Danny. He doesn’t look like he minds riding shotgun, what do you think?

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Danny has had a recent injury so hiking is not allowed, that’s not keeping him off the trail though!

There are a lot of things to love about camping in the off-season. Not only are there no bugs, but the trees are absolutely dramatic without their leaves:tree

And you have the campground to yourself:campground

It was a perfect trip, so peaceful:sibley state park

But all good things must come to an end. Farewell, Geraldine, it has been a great season. I can’t wait to see you again when the snow melts.
scamp

A Closer Look: Wood Lake Nature Center

Wood Lake Nature Center was one of the first nature centers built in the Twin Cities.
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Dedicated in 1971, it was once a recreational lake surrounded by homes.
wood lake

The lake was drained of most of its water in the 1950s.
wood lake

Friends of Wood Lake (FOWL) was formed in 1991 and thanks to their advocacy and fundraising efforts, Wood Lake thrives in Richfield, Minnesota.
wood lake

Approximately 72,000 visitors enjoy the 150-acre area annually.
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A Wood Lake Walk

Whenever I talk to people about how much I love living in Minneapolis, I tell them about how our fair city was built preserving green space. Because of that, this nature girl doesn’t have to go far to enjoy the outdoors.
fall leaves

The beautiful fall weather was perfect for a visit to Wood Lake Nature Center. This nature preserve  isn’t in Minneapolis proper, but neighboring Richfield is as close to Minneapolis as a suburb can get.
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The squirrels were busy hiding food; this has always signaled to me that cold weather on the way.
red squirrel

The breeze was refreshing and the sun was warm on my face:
wood lake

I caught this little House Finch bathing:
house finch

And wondered if anyone was home:
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