...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.
The Seedpod of Yellow Wood Sorrell described in my previous post is about an inch long. Too green and wet to explode on contact, I thought I'd do a minor dissection, with my fingernails, to show the seeds. Lined up like "peas in a pod," they get thrown up to at least 10 feet away from the parent plant when the dried pods are touched. I can imagine these explosions knocking certain insects off their feet, and maybe sometimes shooting down a hovering fly or bee. It's the Sorrell's form of propaganda.which is the dissemination of information. In this case, instead of church doctrine it's DNA. More trustworthy.
Be sure to click on the lower photo for a closer view.