When visiting my parents in Santa Maria,
California, around Christmas time, I got up early one morning and headed out to Oso Flaco Lake,
which is part of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes.
A sturdy and attractive 300-yard bridge has been built across the lake, which takes you right into the midst of the water fowl which frolic there.
After crossing the lake, the bridge continues on as a boardwalk another half a mile, giving you a obstacle-free path all the way to the ocean. You'll have to decide for yourself how seriously to take the signs warning of mountain lions!
In the early-morning calm, I got some great shots of the local water fowl, including ducks, American coots, northern shovelers,
a Great Egret,