...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 could only spare about 15 minutes. Not enough time to dig into the last files of my trip to the Tahoe Rim Trail, nor my trip to Brady's Camp. I will definitely do that when the dust settles. With two days of rain so far, the dust is definitely settling. So, with that 15 minutes, I grabbed my camera and head for a shopping errand at Safeway. Made three quick photo stops along the way. First, on a patch of Tansy in front of a neighbor's house, I found a Bumblebee too wet to fly. When I poked her, she barely moved at all. When I kept on poking her, she eventually got disturbed enough to flail at me with her legs. Still too wet to fly or to try to sting. I then took about a five minute walk in the vicinity, and when I got back she was still in the same spot. Probably will stay there until it warms up tomorrow afternoon, then fly to other flowers.