...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.
Here's today's photo of my front-yard spider, poised to capture any bug that lands on the daisy to eat some pollen or nectar. She spend the whole hot afternoon hanging upside down beneath the flower, then got back on top around 5:00 when it cooled off.
Here's a photo of the yellow phase of the same species of spider from my archives. I haven't seen one turn yellow yet this season. It takes several days for them to change color, and I am curious about what conditions trigger the change. There have been some interesting studies of the phenomenon, and it appears not to be for camouflage. It is more likely they are trying to resemble a flower, thus being a trap for any pollen-eaters that mistake them for flowers.