Well, there goes my idea for a Christmas recap post. Oh well.
On to what I really came here to tell you about today: the avian visitor we had today. Have I mentioned we have a pond behind our house? No? Shame on me. We do, and until today, I had never visited it. Again, shame on me. But today, the big, angry, loud dogs next door (now there's a post for another day!) started going crazier than usual, and I went to take a look. Then I called for Isaac to bring the camera with our new telephoto lens. Here's what I caught.
I believe this is a blue heron. What a great excuse to finally visit the pond ... and try out our new lens!