...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.
Like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates - when you look at every daisy for insects and spiders, you never know what you're going to get. Daisies are blooming all around American Valley now, even in my front yard. I'm eager to see my first Goldenrod Crab Spider of the season. Meanwhile, I'm seeing many kinds of beetles and hoping to soon see a Thread-waisted Wasp. The above daisy, an outlier, growing from a crack in the asphalt outside the flower garden by Midtown Coffee. I'm hoping it'll be left alone for a while because lots of different insects and spiders visit this garden and daisies make a nice backdrop for photos.