My family gathered again this year, as we have for many years now, at a state park in Georgia at Lake Russell. The park has lakefront cottages for rent at reasonable rates. There are some hiking trails and swimming area - it wasn't quite warm enough for swimming, but was perfect for walking - or waddling, as was the case after our various Christmas feasts.
|Mist floating over the lake. The far side is in South Carolina.|
Several mornings there was a wonderful mist rising off the lake that nicely diffused the light from the rising sun.
|This cottage has a ramp that leads down to the boat dock.|
Great views from the cottages look across this small part of this huge lake that is actually a reservoir formed after construction of the Russell Dam across the Savannah River which is the border between Georgia and South Carolina .
Inside, the cottages are basic, but nice. As you can see, we had the requisite chimney by which to hang our Christmas stockings.
|It was just cool enough to enjoy a fire all day long.|
In those stockings were little airplanes to assemble, along with candy, trinkets, oranges, games, etc.
|Each little plane was a different Christmas=themed name like the "North Pole Airlines".|
|A little bit of the lake is visible toward the left of the photo.|
with lots to see and photograph.
|A lovely lichen, don't know the name.|
|Young sporocarps on this moss.|
|The recent rains brought out nice, fresh wood ear fungus, Auricularia auricla.|