Ed and I haven't been out to Sandy Creek Nature Center for too long. We finally went back a couple of weeks ago. The first photo I took was a favorite location I call “December Swamp.” A photo of that location won me my first award. This reprisal isn't quite as spectacular as the first because it doesn't have the drifting pollen and the light of a setting sun over my shoulder shining on the landscape, but it is still an interesting scene, especially in winter when this area is often flooded. There were other opportunities for landscapes as well. One of the reasons I like Sandy Creek in the winter is because, when the leaves are gone, I can see its “bones”. And it has great bones. On this visit we encountered the resident heron as we often do. We almost always see him (or her) hanging around the pond and not far from the beaver lodge. (Why is that?) And once we saw two. Recently I read an article on how to use a teleconverter so I was practicing with my 2x to get pretty close shots from a distance. It's not quite as crisp as a 600mm prime lens, but is a lot cheaper and certainly better than not getting the shot. Down the pond we were treated to a gaggle with gosling in tow. Can you find it? Finally a trip to Sandy Creek wouldn't be complete without a shot of the brickyard oven revealed in the winter from under its summer burden of foliage. See these photos on my homepage slideshow. Be sure to click on the photos to read the descriptions. Then leave a comment. Did the teleconverter do justice?