...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 know it happened a week ago in baseball, to which I pay no attention. Also, down in the sunny flats of American Valley, the tulips started blooming a month ago. However, at our house, in the shady "cold spot," the tulips bloomed for the first time today. By sundown, they had closed up again.
I love watching them go through their daily cycle of opening and closing.
They are seldom visited by bugs, so I don't hang around them for very long at a time. But, I do enjoy their architecture.
I could stare at those stamens and pistils for hours. Click on any photo here to see what I mean.