An expression often stated is that a "man's home is his castle". A more encompassing and gender neutral statement might be "a person's neighborhood is their paradise". The image to the left was taken on the backside of a nearby town home. The back overlooks the lake formed by the detention pond used to regulate runoff from development. Indeed even in suburbia many pleasant surprises can be found. Early this morning I grabbed both my big Nikon (mounted with a 70-300mm) and my smalller Olympus OMD (12-50mm) and went for a walk. Luckily behind our town home is an area that for part of the year is a wooded wetland and therefor set aside from development. As I entered the woods I was first met with the unmistakable sweet scent of honeysuckle and even revisited my youth by partaking of the sugar in a couple of blossoms. As I emerged from the far side of the woods both I and a fox were suddenly surprised by each other. Unfortunately there was not a lot of light so the image is not that sharp but I did finally get a shot of him. As I walked on across a meadow and behind the town homes on the other side of the woods, I came to the lake mentioned above. A great blue Heron was fishing in the lake and I was able to get close enough for a picture before he took off. And then as I turned to go home, I was reminded that I was in suburbia and only a 5 miles from Dulles Airport. But for my brief walk I was in my own private paradise.