It's been another brutal week working at the observatory. Not a cloud in the sky with temperatures in the low to mid 90's. Monday, cutting grass. Tuesday, cutting grass, cleaning up construction debris and having trenches dug for water and electric. Wednesday we laid the electric and water lines (over four hundred feet). Friday, after pressure testing the water lines, we have to fill in the trenches. What fun. I need a vacation. I still don't know how I had time to do stuff like this when I worked for a living.
I have two downy woodpecker photos for you this week. The first is of a male downy feeding a female downy. He's trying to show her what a good mate he'll be. The second is of the male strutting his stuff. He's sitting on a very dead Dogwood tree. Linda and I had been nursing that tree for over 25 years. Last summers drought and excessive heat killed it.