On the entire west, north and east sides of the development we live in there is a continuous stretch of natural woodlands, swamps, streams, meadows, a river, and wildlife (and I don't mean the party at the neighbor's house down the block!). Within a few minutes' walk from our house, you can feel like you are out in the middle of nowhere!
A few times now I have had the pleasure to meet one of our neighbors, Mr. Cottontail
(pictured right). The third time I purposely took my camera so I could get a photo of him to share with you. I've taken a photo journey through this neighborhood wilderness along the Oak Creek Greenbelt Trail,
and collected the best photos into this Neighborhood 2009 Photo Album. Back in Santa Maria
we would have had to drive for hours to find scenery like this. Now it's just a few steps from our house, while still living within the Albany
city limits ... amazing!
Don't miss the neighborhood photos from other years, presented in a wide variety of albums:
In addition, you can see all of my neighborhood images together in the Neighborhood (All Years)