Day 2 #lovemnwinter 2016: Open Sesame

By : Lowrah · February 2, 2016

I #lovemnwinter!  Today, I love hidden views revealed.

Open sesame!

In winter, trees drop their bushy green jackets and dense shrubs thin out. Revealing hidden views and secret trails.  

From the Lake Street bridge I can see the banks of the mostly frozen Mississippi through the naked branches.  Sandstone ripples and caves and overhangs typically obscured in summer by foliage and in fall by a firey autumn carpet of orange and red and yellow. 

The lushness of summer hides certain sandy banks or walking paths from view, but the sparseness of winter reveals.  Best of all, there are not many people riding by, looking, and discovering what is typically behind the curtain of summer trees.  In the winter I'm a lone explorer empowered with the magic words in this magic season,

"Open sesame!"


A view from the West River Parkway trail that can only really be had in winter.

How many squirrel nests and eagle and owl perches do you notice in the winter?  They are there all year, but winter allows us to see a cross section of x-ray vision of nature's hidden self.

Read about this collaborative challenge to love one thing about winter everyday in February, and post about it on this blog. Tweet your own loves: #lovemnwinter @greaseragmpls, or check out last year's #lovemnwinter posts.

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Yes! Winter trails by the river are magical.
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