The oppressive heat that has been blanketing the Central Valley is showing no signs of letting up. I’ve watched the hummingbirds spend more time drinking water from the fountain than nectar from the feeders. The Lesser Goldfinches have also been spending lots of time cooling in the fountain. By mid afternoon, the thermometer registered 109°. The heat wave is supposed to peak on Tuesday, with predictions of 111°. I could stand only a few minutes with my camera outside at peak temperature. My plan was to photograph one of the hummers drinking from the fountain but I was driven back inside after less than 5 minutes with only a few shots of the Lesser Goldfinches panting in the heat.