...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.
More often than not, when you see a group of mushrooms (fungi caps) they are connected by a thin underground membrane called a mycelium. It's especially easy to visualize such a thing when you see the mushroom caps arranged in a circle and known as a Fairy Ring. But I've heard of mycelia covering an area of thousands of square miles. Imagine all the mushrooms of a given species in a particular state or region being essentially a single organism. Creepy or wonderful, depending on how much science fiction you've read.
I found these clusters on opposite sides of a building on campus, separated by at least 50 feet. I couldn't help but wonder if they are connected, and maybe lived here before the buildings were erected.