...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.
This was an exciting day, topped off by finding this beautiful Achemon Sphinx Moth resting on the side of my house. We played with it a little to get different poses for the camera. On my son's finger, it spread its wings a little and revealed its bright red underwings.
Earlier in the day, I spotted a Plume Moth on a daisy on the college campus. When these are at rest, the wings are thorough;y folded up so the animal looks like the letter T. In flight, the wings spread open like a fan (or plume), but it's difficult to get a photo of them in that configuration.
We topped off the day by making some ice cream with liquid oxygen. LOX is good for something besides bagels and rocket fuel.