...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've visited Dellinger's Pond 5 times since I began this project - observing, writing, sketching, taking photos, etc., and I've decided I don't like the looks of the entrance gate. It's chain-link fence material framed by tubular metal. At least it's always open. Instead, what I like to think of as the entry point is a healthy-looking California Black Oak for which this blog is named. On a recent day the oak was being paid a visit by a Convergent Lady-beetle and a couple of ants. There were probably a thousand ants that escaped my notice on the tree, but at least two seemed to be in close communication with the beetle.