...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.
I always get a little sad before mowing the lawn. I let Dandelions, Salsify and Daisies grow tall between mowings, and have greatly enjoyed photographing insect and spider visitors. This morning I found this beautiful Longhorn Beetle (above) hanging from the underside of a daisy.
In a nearby patch of daisies I followed this butterfly as it fed on one after another before heading across the driveway to another yard. Then, after the heat of the afternoon passed,
I mowed. The daisies are now mulch, and I'll have to search elsewhere to photograph bugs on daisies. The neighbors will be relieved to see the weeds gone, but I will be sad until they return. But I know they will. :)