...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.
Spined Woodborer, Ergates spiculatis, a 2-inch long Cerambycid beetle with awesome jaws was on the floor beneath our ping pong table. My son put it in a jar and thought it was dead. When I got home from another visit to Dellinger's Pond, he showed me the beetle, and when I picked it up it started to squeak and flail about with its antennae and legs. Then my wife took over the camera and made a little video of me giving an impromptu lesson about the critter. Fun. The video is not ready for a premiere by any means, but it whetted the appetite for refining our skills and making short video clips for this blog.