...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.
Ox-eye Daisies by Spanish Creek, just downstream from Oakland Camp. These play host to a great variety of beautiful insects and spiders as you'll be seeing over the next month or two.
The Sticky Cinquefoil is home to a couple of Spittle Bugs. More on the natural history of these critters coming soon.
The Yerba Santa are blooming profusely on a small cliff overlooking the creek. These are a favorite of the Swallowtail Butterflies. They make a good tea.
Closer view of Yerba Santa blossoms.
The Purple or Heartleaf Milkweed, Asclepias cordifolia, are blooming now and hosting some great bugs like this Carpenter Bee.
Many species of butterflies also like the milkweed. I haven't seen Monarch Butterflies land on this species, but they often land on and breed on the Narrowleaf and Showy Milkweeds that grow in this same general area. Neither of them is blooming yet, but they're close.