...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 headed out toward Oakland Camp this afternoon to look for "roadside attractions." Black clouds started to move in and it got a bit too dark for optimum photography. But I managed to find all five local species of milkweeds, three Asclepias and two Apocynum. As a bonus, I found Monarch Butterfly caterpillars and adults. They seemed to be ignoring their best-known host plant, the Showy Milkweed, and were most excited by the Narrow-leaf. More on the status of the milkweeds and other roadside attractions tomorrow.