...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.
Hooker's Evening Primrose, Oenothera elata. Some really large blossoms, and, despite the name, they are blooming in the morning about 1/4 mile north of the FRC turnoff on Highway 70. I love spotting them while driving 55. It's equally dramatic to not be able to see them at all in the afternoon, even when you know exactly where they are. Any botanists out there know what's going on? All my field guides say they bloom in the evening, but they don't!