This morning I awoke early, so I was able to get a head start on my steps by 8:30AM. It was a cool, refreshing 77ºF. Yes, from my perspective, that felt cool! Halfway through, the sun came out to start its daily baking ritual. But it was nice for a while, and I praised and thanked God for it.
On my way home, I noticed a Red-headed Woodpecker on a snag at the top of a 40' tree. When I returned with my camera he was still there. He was leaning into the cavity, probably feeding some chicks. Right now the birds have plenty of insects to feast on. This particular Woodpecker is omnivorous. Sadly, the Red-headed is on the decline for various reasons such as habitat decline (tree cutting) and competing for nesting sites with Starlings. I almost wish we had a dead tree in the yard to host these beauties. A rare and wonderful sighting that made my day.
400mm | f/8 | ISO 100 | 1/400 sec