...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.
These two photos of the Oak Treehoppers were taken last weekend, but throughout the week I've been seeing fewer and fewer, and on today's walk I saw none. There are probably some remaining clusters in the occasional sunny spots or places where the sap is still running in the oaks. But most of the oak twigs are drying out for the winter and the leaves are shriveling and falling.
At least I have these photos to remember this most colorful insect during the cold, gray days of winter.