...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.
This morning, in anticipation of some Goldfinch action, I parked a bit to the right of the thistle I thought he might land on. It worked out. I was able to roll down the driver's side window and photograph the bird without opening the door. These two shots are passable, to me, under the circumstances.
If the bird is still around when I get my new SLR, I'll park further away and walk carefully toward the thistles with my telephoto ready. Meanwhile, I've added overdue text to a couple of my recent posts, and tomorrow I hope to get back to finishing the stories of our recent high-altitude hikes.