...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.
The image of which this is but a small fraction appeared a few days ago. I cropped it even further, mostly as a test of just how much cropping I could get away with when I have a 24MP sensor. Evidently quite a bit! I love the details in the Dandelion head that's gone to seed. In fact, several times this past week I have come in close to a flower to photograph a bee or grasshopper and only when I opened the image on my computer screen did I see other bugs. I don't have a high-quality telephoto lens, so it's nice to have a tool that can see better than I can. More tiny discoveries await.