I love nature, always have. There is just something about watching wild animals or looking out over the mountains, which this time of year are splendidly colorful, that i find really peaceful. Fall is gorgeous in my neck of the woods. A few hours ago I was out in the back (which is basically woods) with the dog. She was sniffing around doing what she had to do. I hear a loud tapping, look up, and there is a downy woodpecker about 5 feet away drilling a nest. Brilliant red crest with a black and white body. Really stood out against the brown of the tree it was going to call home. Not scared of me or the dog. Stood and watched for a good ten minutes. There are definite advantages to living where I do!