...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.
A quick drive to Reno for errands supplied some surprises. Focused on the necessary errands, I had low expectations for photography. Fortunately, I brought my camera along "just in case." First the first time in a couple of years I spotted a great bunch of Birdcage Evening Primrose at the roadside between Vinton and Chilcoot. When driving along at 65 mph, it looks like toilet paper from careless tourists, not sufficiently hidden amongst the Sagebrush. But having seen this amazing plant before, I knew that I needed to stop. This photo is a sampler. I'll have to say later and more photos from my quick drive through the desert. Click on the photo for an enlarged view.