...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 cleaning up firewood-processing debris from last fall when I came across a log bearing the biggest cluster of Bird's Nest Fungi I've ever seen. My field guide says these appear in the fall on rotting wood. They got the rotting wood part right, but it is now June! Maybe they formed last fall and have simply lasted for months in the shade of a Douglas-fir and some large thistles. They're really cute. The little bowls are shaped in such a way that when a rain drop lands at the right angle, the "eggs" are shot into the air a yard or more. They contains the spores for another generation of these fungi. Very clever arrangement.