Monday, May 4, 2009

Minnesota Wild

What’s not to love about taking the dog on a morning walk after you get the kids on the bus? Especially on a beautiful Spring morning after a particularly long and cold winter. 
But what do you do when you hear an animal cutting through the weeds and down an embankment headed right towards you? Well, today it was breathe a sigh of relief, step back, and watch as a sleek brown otter lumbers down the hill on his way to the pond. I’ve never seen an otter in the wild, only in the zoo, and here was a good sized one working his way down the bike path. He did have to work at it until he dove into the murky pond water and swam away from me.
Suburbia isn’t so bad when you are surrounded by all of Minnesota’s finest lakes and wetlands teeming with wildlife. The otter encounter this morning gave me a brief chance to pause and experience the beauty that surrounds my life.

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