...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.
Not bad for a cell phone! My wife and I took a quick drive to Graeagle this afternoon, and after twelve or thirteen miles of brown, dried-up vegetation at the sides of the road, my attention was grabbed by a great patch of blooming Washington Lilies, Lilium washingtonianum, around a quarter mile east of Lee Summit. There must have been fifty or more blooms, many of them wilted and turning brown. But there were enough fresh-looking ones for some photos. At 4,000' elevation, practically all the lilies are done for the season. I'm hoping to go up to 6,500' and higher within the next few days where it should still be spring. There should still be some lilies at that elevation and also Monkshood.