...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.
What is this world coming to? I'm sitting at home on a sunny day grading papers while my wife takes her dog for a walk and gets these great photos with her phone! The California Mountain Kingsnake, Lampropeltis zonata, is a beauty that I've only seen DOR. My day will come!
As if serving as punctuation, Bib also saw this Checkspot at one of our favorite stops by Spanish Creek. I'll see lots of these during the summer, and some will be means for my favorite Goldenrod Crab Spider.