...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.
These photos were taken sometime during the 2005-2006 school year when my son Ryan was in 6th grade. The above photo appeared in this blog May 29, 2010, and I don't remember the occasion. It happened to be my younger sister's birthday, but I doubt there's any connection to that. My son and I love snakes, The reason I'm currently thinking in terms of "time flies" is that next week Ryan graduates from Feather River College with an A. A. degree in Environmental studies. There aren't as many snakes around here as we saw in the coastal range around Leggett. But one species we've seen in both places is the Ring-necked Snake (below photo). In these very dry times, I don't expect to see many snakes this summer.