...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.
The Yellow Douglas-fir Borer. Four of them flew into my son's bedroom during the night. He caught them in a jelly jar, then we had a photo session before releasing them. There are too many Douglas-firs in the neighboring forest.
This might be a young Elderberry Beetle of some sort. Seen this morning on an Elderberry bush. Only 1/3" long, probably not yet an adult.