...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.
but they came to me! This elegant moth was in this position by the dish of cat food on the front deck at around 6:50 a.m. I didn't bother to run for the camera as I thought the moth was dead. I came back late in the afternoon, around 5:00, and it hadn't moved, so I was sure it was dead. Got this photo, then poked it. It took off across my yard and disappeared. I guess it was alive! What patience, lasting through the heat of the day.
Around the same time, late in the afternoon, lots of bees gathered on the Lavender by our front fence. A constant frenzy of activity. I took around 20 photos just to get two with bees in focus.
When I approached this paper wasp nest near the ceiing over the front deck, I was pretty sure it was empty, or at least inactive. When I moved in close for a photo, I suddenly had some company.
It was fascinating to watch the wasp's handiwork.
I assume this nest will get bigger. More photo ops to come.