...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.
Once again, nature is putting on its spring show and I am getting caught up in dramatic moments before finishing the stories I have begun. WHile my previous post begins with a photo of a bear looking over my back deck, I never did get to finish the story which also includes Carpenter Bees and Dog Violets. Perhaps tomorrow, when I am refreshed. For now, enjoy the Azaleas pictured above. They are growing just outside the bookstore on the FRC campus. When I first walked by this afternoon, without a camera, there were beautiful Hummingbird Moths flitting from flower to flower. When I came back with my camera, they were gone. These large moths look a lot like hummingbirds to the uninitiated. They are also known as Sphinx Moths, a whole family of them. So, I thought I'd just show the flowers and let you imagine the moths. But then I remembered I had some Sphinx moths in my photo archive.
The above photo is a caterpillar of a White-lined Sphinx that I photographed a couple of years ago.
And this is the adult of an Eyed Sphinx, also from two summers ago. I'm going to visit the Azaleas again tomorrow and see if I can get a photo of the moths in action.