Last Monday I felt a strong need to break out of holiday couch-potato mode and enjoy the beautiful day. The holidays are great, but at some point I felt like I turned into one gigantic Christmas cookie. I was seriously concerned my clothes might never fit again.
I'm sure all of you are svelte, and skinny, and exercised like maniacs during the last few weeks. I'm sure you also lived on celery sticks and water while I gorged on cow(s?) to the point of mooing in my sleep.
Also? I might have consumed a See's truckload little bit of chocolate during the holidays.
(The See's family is part of my family tree so you really can't hold me accountable for this particular weakness. I'm genetically predisposed to consume See's candy.)
Surprisingly, I was able to fit into a pair of pants so I could leave the house. Shocking, isn't it?
They might be those stretchy kind of pants, but let's pretend they're not.
There's a man-made lake in a neighboring city. My long-term readers have seen pictures of it before.
The perimeter of the lake is exactly one mile in length. I decided I could accomplish two tasks at once by walking around the lake a few times and shooting photos while I was at it.
I walk around lakes a lot for exercise. This isn't the only one within driving distance of my home. There are always a lot of other people out walking/running/biking around the lakes.
The mountains are beautiful this time of year.
While walking, I realized it really looks like winter right now. (Well, the Orange County version of winter!) Some of the trees have lost most of their leaves.
I was looking for an opportunity to play with my Lensbaby Composer lens. I've had it for awhile, but I haven't had that many opportunities to use it. If you aren't familiar with Lensbaby, it's a camera lens which allows the photographer a lot of creativity while shooting. I'm far from an expert with mine, but it's wonderful for going completely creative-crazy as a photographer … as I did with the flowers-gone-wild shot below.
My favorite Lensbaby photo so far, is my final photo of this post. A lady, walking her dog, came by and scared the birds. Instead of flying, they began running for the lake to escape her dog. It was a humorous sight and a perfect shot for a more creative lens.
Wishing all of you a very happy, and safe, New Years Eve!
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