Mulder and I have changed our morning walking route lately. At least for now, the sun is coming up early enough that we can go for an hour before I have to be at work. One of the many benefits of working from home is that I can walk in the door from my walk at 7:58, and be at work at 8:00. I thought about editing the chain out of the picture, but decided against it.
I can even take my laptop downstairs, boot it up, and eat breakfast while looking over emails and easing into my day.
There is a city park near us called Heather Farm, and there is a large pond there, with geese and ducks and other water birds. It also has a relatively steep hill, which gives me at least a little bit of cardio more than walking on the flat. If you look closely at the picture above, there is a building where I used to take yoga classes. This is not the large pond at the park, but a smaller, man made pond with a fountain in the middle, which is not on in this picture. An observant reader might note that the sky in this picture is very different from the others, and suspect that this picture was not taken the same day as the others. You would be right in that suspicion.
This is part of the larger pond, and I love the reflections of the trees in the water. The colors of autumn are beautiful.
This is looking up into an oak tree at the top of the little hill. I love trees in general, but I especially love oak trees. They look so old and wise. What if their true personality is to be young and flippant? How would we know? There is a tree similar to this one in the parking lot of our condo complex, and I love it, but it is right above a parking structure, and so not quite as photogenic. Oak trees are native to California, and thrive here. There is some concern that Sudden Oak Death, a horrible disease that kills these mighty trees, may be coming to our area. I hope it does not.