...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.
The shady section of the Feather River College Nature Trail has a few spring wildflowers blooming and the early leaves of quite a few more. Last week I walked the upper portion of the trail that gets a lot more sun and found many Shelton's Violets and Spring Whitlow Grass blooming.
In the shady, the prettiest green spots, to me, were the young Bedstraw (above).
I love to see the windfalls, especially the larger logs, left on the ground to host a variety of fungi, lichens, and invertebrate life as they gradually become soil over the years. This bracket fungus on a fallen Douglas-fir was particularly impressive.
The Gooseberries are blooming along the trail nearest the buildings of the upper campus.
And the last thing I photographed on this day was a long Shelton's Violet.