So I’m on my way to Best Buy this afternoon and decide to stop in at Wood Lake Nature Center because I hadn’t shot a photo yet for my Photo of the Day project. It turned out to be a good idea. I spent about an hour walking around in “nature” and enjoyed all 60 minutes. I saw two other humans, a lot of birds and one very busy muskrat.
Wood Lake is a 150 acre wetland/woodland/prairie ecosystem wisely set aside as a natural preserve by the city of Richfield, Minnesota in 1969. What was once a recreational lake with homes along its shore began to lose water and become a marsh in the 1950s.
I’ve taken school groups on field trips there over the years, but haven’t visited for a while, probably never by myself. Even though the sounds of nearby Highway 62 are a little irritating when the wind is from that direction, it’s also a good reminder of what a treasure this place is, completely surrounded by suburban development.I never made it to Best Buy, which is probably a good thing. I don’t know the names of most of the things I saw, but I’m going to work on that. I did see the nature, though, which was nice. It was an hour well-spent and it reminds me to do this kind of thing more often. I don’t think I ever would have stopped here if I hadn’t set a goal 3 months ago to take a picture every day.