Our New Year's Day Activity

In my last post, I mentioned that I got to spend New Year's Day with Hubby instead of taking down Christmas decorations. I thought I'd share a couple of the photos I took while we went for our a very low-key walk at the marina. We like to go for walks there along the water of the Carquinez Straits that lead from the inland delta of the Central Valley of California out to the San Francisco Bay. Fortunately, the marina and the water are just 2.3 miles (3.7 km) down the road from Rosehaven Cottage. It makes it easy to just go down there on a whim when the weather is perfect as it was on New Year's Day.

There was a nip in the air but the sun was out as were many families with their children. There were many people at the estuary pond feeding bread crumbs to the ducks and geese that live there. I was able to shoot lots of photos as the birds begged for food. It was great! Look at the goose on the left. I caught it as it was "dancing" to get the food that was about to be thrown. I expected the geese to be more aggressive but these two were quite cordial and polite. They displayed very good "goosey etiquette" and didn't bite the little boy that was feeding them no matter how long he took between handfuls.

There are lots of mallard ducks and "wild" geese at the estuary pond and then there are some that are hybrids. This one just cracked me up with its fancy bouffant hairdo! It was so cute just waddling around with its ducky friends completely unaware that its got a little somethin' going on in the back there. Remember the fifties hairstyle known as the "D.A.". That adds all new meaning to it, doesn't it? The other thing I like about this photo are all the cute orange ducky feet in the background. So bright and vibrant in the gorgeous January light I was fortunate to have for shooting the photos.

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  1. Your walk sounds perfect! And you get to pass by the boat, too. Love that photo!

  2. What a lovely way to start the new year. Beautiful day and pretty, pretty pictures. Linda

  3. I love the photo of the boat!! Sounds like you had a lovely time.

  4. Thanks for sharing a lovely California day with us! That duck is really cute!

  5. O love the photos...glad the duckies behaved themselves!

  6. As always, great photos Cindy! Love the duck's hairdo :) It's been a long time since I went for a long walk and fed ducks and geese. These days, I would probably have Tia and Rani following on behind me! LOL
    Glad it was such good weather for you and hubby to take a walk.
    All the best, from Meg and cats xxx

  7. That duck's funny hair-do made me laugh!

  8. Sigh, I miss the bay, the ocean, the water...crab sandwiches at Fentons...

  9. How lucky are you to be so close to the water! Sounds absolutely wonderful. Walking with your husband sounds much better than taking down the Christmas decorations. I'll be taking mine down this weekend.

  10. I agree, Cindy, that bird has quite a coiff! Kind of like a too-tight "permanent," lol. It kind of reminds me of our daughter's hair on the day she was born--it made a little strawberry-blonde tidal curl on the top of her head...

    Wonder who does this goosie's feathers?

    The little ducky feet DO make a nice pattern! Sounds like you had a nice day! :)

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