...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.
My pet Crab Spider had this Bumblebee in its grasp last night when I returned from Reno. This morning, she's changed her position, but still had the bee. This was the fourth insect I'd seen in her grasp in the last few days. Seems like an amazing diet for a spider that seems to sit still all day long.
While I was taking pictures this morning, she dropped the bee carcass. It did look a bit shriveled, so I assumed she'd had her fill. I picked it up for a photo, then left in the grass for the ants.
The spider immediately assumed the pose of a trap, which she is. It's a nice sunny day, so I anticipate a lot of activity around the daisies. I'm looking forward to the next capture. I'd love to have a video camera I could set to maybe 'film' an actual capture.