...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.
As often happens with my little local field trips, I look for one thing and find another. I was looking for Leopard Lilies, but in my usual spots, they hadn't bloomed yet. Then I noticed the Showy Milkweeds had almost bloomed. So close, in fact, that I drove the Oakland Camp Road, Chandler Road, and Highway 70 around Quincy, checking all my Milkweed spots, and finally found some blooming, and as a bonus, the Red Milkweed Beetles, Tetraopes basalis, had arrived for the season. Photographs of them crawling around on Milkweed and on each other coming soon. Tetraopes means four eyes, and the basalis part indicates these eyes (actually two) are at the bases of the antennae. Each eye is more or less split by the antenna so it looks like two.