Friday, June 10, 2011

Prehistoric surprise along Theodore Wirth Parkway

Glimpse of destruction from tornado to Theodore Wirth Park

Plants with leaves forming

Tamarack with lake creature in background
Rode my bike down Theodore Wirth Parkway to see some of the damage from the recent tornado.  Lots of trees down in large swaths of the park.

An opinion piece in the Star Tribune, "New life for Wirth in the wake of toranado", discusses plans to enhance Theodore Wirth Parkway for the "silent sports" of mountain biking, cross country skiing, trail running, hiking, etc.

Further down the parkway I spotted a surprise visitor in one of the lakes. Seemed a bit prehistoric.  Looking around at the vegetation and then seeing a Pileated Woodpecker flap by made me think I had just been drop lifted into the set of Jurassic Park.

Information on "Minne" the Lake Creature is available on the internet.
"Minne" wading through the lake

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