...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 above lichen was growing on the large Ponderosa Pines near the South Park trailhead just north of Quincy. This caught my eye as I was wandering around, looking for photogenic items in a basically parched landscape. Click on the image to see more detail. I'm very happy to have my new Nikon D3300, but I am admittedly just beginning to learn how to use it. It's similar to my old D40 in many ways, but with 4 times the number of pixels, it's a little intimidating. Knowing I have that increased resolution, I can feel myself looking at my subject matter differently.
Here's an example of what age, wind and rain can do to a Mountain Dandelion. A different sort of beauty than the blooming flower.
One of the few remaining daisies still blooming.
Peavines mostly gone to seed by now, but a few patches still blooming might indicate some moisture not far below the surface.