...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.
I was sitting in my car reading when a rain shower suddenly moved in. I loved how the smells of everything changed. It always smells to me like worms have surfaced. I can't smell dry dirt, but I love the smell of newly wet dirt. So, when the shower ended, I thought I'd pay a visit to Dellinger's Pond. I was disappointed in yesterday's visit. I was in a grumpy mood, and it colored how I viewed the pond. The rain put me in a good mood. So, as I walked onto the dam, the first thing that caught my eye was my first Goldenrod Crab Spider basking in the sun on a cluster of Brewer's Angelica flowers (above). So, the Crab Spider season has begun. I tend to photograph and write about this spider a lot. If I seem to be overdoing it, you can always scroll past it, or just watch something else on NetFlix. :)
I heard a little noise behind me when I was photographing the spider, and there it was, a huge Bullfrog. Apparently the right temperature and humidity, and maybe the flying insect activity, was pleasing to the Bullfrogs. As I walked along the dam, I spotted another dozen, and they weren't jumping into the water and disappearing like that had been on every previous visit. I saw a few more interesting critters, and I'll post those photos tomorrow morning.