The combination frozen city lakes with little snow on the surrounding ground has made for an unusual winter look in the Twin Cities this year. I took a walk around (and on) Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis last weekend and enjoyed the mild, sunny weather.
These photos were shot at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington, Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield and Lilydale Regional Park in St. Paul.
Spectators have a great time standing outdoors on a windswept Minneapolis lake watching grown men and women play like kids again.
It's been unseasonably pleasant and visitors to Como Park in St. Paul have been enjoying the indoor and outdoor options of the park, zoo and conservatory.
Last spring's tornado that hit north Minneapolis hasn't destroyed the natural beauty of the North Mississippi Regional Park.
About the author:
Steve Date shoots video stories for MinnPost. Steve is a teacher in the Minneapolis Public Schools. He is also a documentary filmmaker and photographer.