...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 took a break from school work this morning to see if the Oak Treehoppers were still on duty at FRC. As I headed up the paved walkway, I came to a group of squirrels playing chase. They didn't let me get very close on my way up the hill. I'm sure they were catching me closely as I inspected a large California Black Oak and looked for the Treehoppers (next post). By the time I headed back down the hill, they seemed more comfortable with my presence, and I got some closer photos. Click on them to get even closer.