The red-headed woodpecker served as the highlight of the walk. He perched serenely on a pole-like young departed tree, about 15 feet above the ground. My wife gave me Sharp Audobon binoculars for my last birthday, which let us see him in full colorful glory.
I bought bottled water, as the weather forecast suggested a power outage might occur. No power outage took place, as the Dallas/Fort Worth area fared better than predicted in the wake of Hurricane Ike, which caused so much damage along the coast. I feel for the people who survived but suffered, and for the people who lost loved ones in the storm.
Tonight I remembered how much I enjoy roller skating. I imagined an outdoor roller skating trail through a deep woods on a warm Summer night. I imagined a night of Wurlitzers and birdsong. I love the chill in Autumn air, the sound of an organ and the whirr of the wheels.