...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.
Or is it molt? When I took this photo, I was conscious that it was framed by what I called "a new kind of adult," one on the far left and one on the right, with many juveniles in between. What I did not notice until I looked at it on my monitor was an emerging adult in the top center. Click on the photo for an enlargement and you'll see. If I only had a couple of days to spare, I could have stood there and watched it happen. I can't afford a time-lapse photography setup.