...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.
First, one has to find moisture. That's getting harder, too. The roadside milkweeds are a good repository, for now, and that makes them a likely site for good insect photos like the Red Milkweed Beetle, Tetraopes basalis, on my left index finger.
One can still find blooming Leopard Lilies, Lilium pardalinum, near creeks at the elevation of Quincy. They're probably more plentiful at the higher elevation meadows, such as Brady's Camp, but I haven't been up there lately. Also in the Lakes Basin.
I've been finding a few Crimson Columbine, Aquilegia formosa, at seeps along the northern end of Jackson Street in Quincy.
The wild Sierra Pea is "everywhere." Seems unphased by drought.
The Jerusalem Cricket is predictably found under any large piece of bark that is still a bit moist underneath.