Where to Wednesday: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
For over a hundred years, Como Park has been a favorite destination of Twin City families. I have old black and white photos of my grandmother when she was a young woman taken in this park. It's also a place I don't visit very often since my kids and their kids grew up. When I do, I head for the conservatory with my macro lens and concentrate on photographing the flowers. Today, armed only with the camera on my cell phone I set out to explore the rest of the park.
A walk around beautiful Como Lake offered lots of photo ops. An effort to restore the shoreline has brought wide swaths of blooming black-eyed susans, bee balm, Joe Pye weed and other wildflowers, attracting bees and butterflies. Today white fluffy clouds reflected in the calm waters and young boys were fishing off one of the docks. Across the street are elegant rows of well kept houses and gardens.
One of the walking paths follows the old Como-Harriet Streetcar Line. The old stone street car station that replaced the original wood building still stands and is open to the public on Sundays. There are water fountains and waterfalls. Several varieties of water lilies stretch above man-made ponds that are surrounded by wildflowers.
If you haven't been to Como lately, check it out. The days are getting cooler, perfect weather for a photo shoot and leisurely walk.