My husband Bruce, right, took our 12-year-old son John, left, and five of his friends on a farm tour a few days before Christmas, and they stopped to check out the Goose Pond. The pond is home to a few domestic geese that we acquired a couple years ago–eight geese had been displaced by a wildfire and our local animal shelter asked us if we could provide a body of water for the evacuated birds. The boys are standing on the levee that’s being rebuilt due to soil erosion following heavy spring rains. They didn’t stand around for long, however; they ran around the hills, explored the oak woodlands, viewed Golden Eagles and other wildlife, and thoroughly enjoyed being boys in the country. By the way, one boy’s mother said this photo looks like an album cover!