Nothing needs to be done in the garden, so we can headed out to the forest preserve for a hike on a mild, foggy December morning….
After some very cold weather it turned mild this week and the fog filled the woods Saturday morning.
The trails are not bad, since the ice and mud are still frozen in many places.
We experimented with shots of the fog as well as the rising sun. In the wild areas of the woods the black-capped chickadees were hopping around.
Though we generally were not successful shooting into the sun, I liked this picture.
This shot, taken later in the morning, shows the trouble with trying to photograph the rising sun. Dan had such a nice smile so I put it in.
The camera decided to focus on the branches in the foreground. Little streams were quietly running through this beautiful woods.
Moss on log
As the fog burned off the sun came out near Boomerang Lake.
Sunny December morning on the Spears Woods trail in the Palos Forest Preserve.
Mourning doves gather in the morning
This morning we noticed two trumpeter swans as we walked around Lake Katherine. I don’t think I have ever seen them here before.
Close-up of trumpeter swan with a black beak
There was a pair of mute swans nearby. The mute swans are often seen here. Notice the difference in this species from the trumpeters. I included the goose here so you can see the size difference.
Last night’s sunset….