...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.
While hiking through an extremely dry stretch of forest, imagining fires, I sought out the flowers that were still surviving. This gives the impression of a healthier situation than what I actually witnessed. It felt like 100 degrees at Noon. Sticks on the ground were crackly. We could smell the pine needles as the Sun drove out their last bits of resin. This was by far the driest I've seen the local forest in my 7 years here. And it's only May! Please be careful with matches. Better yet, leave them home.