...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.
As I wandered around the foothills of Mt. Hough today, I thought I had spotted an Oak Treehopper. This combat-ready grasshopper must have thought the same thing. I first spotted the grasshopper when it was about a foot away, then it seemed to approach aggressively what turned out to be a leaf bud.
On my way back to town, I spotted a couple of Sandhill Cranes along Quincy Junction Road.
President Reagan would have said "If you've seen one Snowberry, you've seen them all." Not me. I'm always looking for a more intriguing photo than the last one. This cluster was in my favorite patch along Jackson Street in Quincy.
As I continued to wander, avoiding going home to do more school work, I found a nice pair of Sunflowers at Dellinger's Pond (not a pond at this time!).
From the archive of a couple of weeks ago, a closer view of Salsify gone to seed. Click on it and enjoy the detail.