...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.
Pretending to be superstitious, I'm continuing to post photos taken before the rain began in hopes it'll keep the rain coming for a while. Last Saturday I saw a few starts of Narrow-leaf Milkweed growing from the cracks in rocks overlooking Spanish Creek. They seem to thrive on very little water, and the rains that are currently coming down might be sufficient to guarantee them a normal season.
In the rather large expanses of dry, brown ground, there were occasional bunches of Pine Violets. Easy to overlook, but worth a closer look.
The clumps of grass in the middle of Spanish Creek would be covered with starts of Umbrella Plant by this time of year. Last Saturday I spotted a few along the shoreline, but saw none in the middle of the river.
The widely-spaced clumps of grass in the dry ground were often punctuated by a few blooming wildflowers. In this case, a Henbit Dead Nettle.
This pretty member of the Mint family is usually considered a weed, but I find it one of the prettiest flowers out there. You have to get really close to appreciate the intricacy of the blossoms. Click on any of these photos for closer views. Then go outside and find some.