...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.
I was ostensibly out looking for wildflowers today, especially looking to see if the Mountain Lady Slippers were blooming, which they were. But there was such a variety of bug life active, I couldn't help myself. I don't have the means to identify all the tiny ones. I just enjoyed seeing them. Especially the ones that like to land on the bright green water tank in Boyle Ravine. I pretend it's a moon made of cheese, and the bugs are humongous. The sixth photo from the top might not look like a bug. That's because it isn't! It's the seed of a composite flower, probably a Dandelion or a Salsify. The next to last photo appears to be some white foamy substance on an alder branch. Turns out the stuff moves, almost looking like it's boiling. There are nymphs of a bug inside, mealy bug nymphs.
The bottom photo is a gathering of Aphids on the stem of Salsify.