...an unpaid sabbatical. Just call it a break. I've fallen well short of my original goals for this blog and am too busy to continue at this time. Thanks for the comments and feedback people have given me by email and other means. I will continue to find solace in nature walks, with or without camera and notebook, but I will take at least a two-month break from posting here.
I have been teaching since 1965 and have recently joined the English Department as an Associate Faculty member at Feather River College. Recently taught Nature Literature in America and am currently teaching Interpersonal Communication and Basic Reading and Writing.
Coming from a Table Mountain wildflower display where my frame of reference is a myriad of bright colors, a walk in the local woods seems to consist only of green and brown. Spend a little time here, though, and you realize why the artist's palette includes as many as a dozen or more varieties of brown. I think I'd need that many, or great skill at blending, in order to render the subjects pictured above in my journal. I peeked under many pieces of bark and small rocks, and found a few centipedes, but it was still too cold for most invertebrates to activate. Planning a mid-day hike tomorrow on the other side of the valley with a southern exposure. That should be the equivalent of moving a month ahead in the season. I fully expect to find several species of flowers blooming and a variety of invertebrates below the duff. My Sunday evening post should include colors other than brown.