...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.
Beginning with March 14, the day my son and I aimlessly hiked 15 miles on Table Mountain, I posted wildflower photos from that hike over a stretch of 5 days. Today, reviewing the archives, I realized there's one plant I overlooked. One of my favorites, now called Fringepod, I used to call it Lacepod when I was first learning Sierra wildflowers back in the 60s. It's a member of the mustard family, and the tiny flowers are not spectacular to look at, at least not without a hand lens. But the seed pods are special. Click on this photo for a closer look and you'll see what I mean.