...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.
Last Thursday morning I had to take a detour due to a paving project on Meadow Valley Road. It was a lucky detour as I came across a great patch of Shaggy Mane fungi at the side of Jackson Street. Here a half dozen views. Tomorrow morning I'll check whether they're still there. When their time comes, they tend to melt into a pile of black goo. I've also heard that they deteriorate very quickly after being picked, so if you want to dine on them, better bring along a little camp stove and a frying pan. I'm a mushroom coward, so I only eat the ones sold in stores.