...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.
Took a nice little break from school work and drove out the LaPorte Road to the Middle Fork of the Feather River. The river was pretty low, but there was still a lot of pleasant vegetation along the edges. My favorite sight was the Dippers landing and pooping on one rock after another out in the stream, but I wasn't fast enough to get a photo, and I didn't have my telephoto mounted.
A close second was the above close-up of a Dragonfly resting on a blade of Sedge.
We crossed over a little tributary in a shady canyon and found a couple of Monkshood still blooming. A very nice spot east of the LaPorte Road bridge. We decided we'd come camping here when we get a chance.