...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.
The Harlequin Lupine, Lupinus stiversii, found near Rock Creek in the Feather River Canyon, while looking for orchids and milkweeds.
Western Azalea, Rhododendron occidentale, found near the Feather River on Caribou Road while looking for orchids and milkweeds.
Everywhere I looked around Quincy area forests as well as down the canyon. Our wild "lilac" that's not a lilac. Our cultivated lilacs are in the Olive Family and are blooming profusely around Quincy. These wild "lilacs" are actually in the Buckthorn Family along with Deerbrush, Whitethorn, Tobacco Brush, and many others that look more or less like Lilacs from a distance.