...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 cast this shadow in Chico around Noon today. It is now almost four and I feel like a completely different person. Probably because I'm home after a long drive of 400 miles. During my Chico pit stop, I carried my camera around, but had trouble getting inspired, although this sucker on a Sycamore Tree caught my eye. I was only a block from the Farmers Market, yet the leaves impressed me more so I skipped the market. There were lots of beautiful things to see during my half hour walk downtown, but I really wanted to get home, so I couldn't get inspired to take more pictures.
Since I don't look at these like a horticulturist might, I don't care for the word "sucker." I think of them as ornaments.
In this slightly closer view, the bark started to get my attention. If I hadn't rushed off, I might have found some bugs in the cracks. Next time.