I got up at a reasonable hour and got to work on the tree. It was easier this time since I had done it before, and I was a little more creative with it. I should have taken a picture, but forgot. While it was baking I got ready, and was able to deliver it to the clinic less than 20 minutes out of the oven.
She sent me a text 15 minutes later to tell me it was already gone! It's my Christmas go-to from now on.
After dropping off the treat, I headed down to the little post office in the rural town south of us to mail a package. I much prefer this post office to any other. It's small, the people are friendly, and there is never a line. Plus there is a lovely rose garden next to it, that has one of my favorite Ingress portals.
I had planned to head home after mailing the package, but decided on the spur of the moment to head out to the Cosumnes River Preserve and take a walk. It was a perfect day for walking, though a bit cool. I had a warm shirt in the back and put that on and was fine.
There were a number of cars in the parking lot, but I saw only one other person on the trail. It was peaceful.
As I crossed a bridge, I looked down, and this guy was looking up at me. I suspect he is some sort of heron, but I really need to get a bird book and start figuring this out. I think it is a green heron.
They reopened a part of the trail that has been closed for a number of years. They close off sections periodically for restoration purposes. The part they reopened used to be one of my favorite areas. My first wife and I walked it frequently, and we would always sit in a particular spot near the river. It was nice to revisit it again after so many years.
After I got to the river, I looped back along the far side of the wetlands. There were all sorts of birds everywhere.
I think this is some sort of sparrow. When I got this camera, I wasn't planning on photographing birds every day, but it is sure turning out that way. I am pleased with what I am getting, and it has renewed my passion for photography.
This looks like a lot of post-processing, but it is pretty much straight out of the camera.
I put in about 12,000 steps. It was a good walk.