...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 afternoon I was walking around Dellinger's Pond looking down toward the ground. This is a habit of mine as I often look for tiny flowers and exotic-looking bugs. Today, it was also because overhead the sky was full of smoke from fires over a hundred miles away in the Coastal Range. Although I was searching for bright colors, and did find some before I was finished, the first impressions were made by these plants gone to seed. The spread of dried seed pods of a Wild Sweet Pea reminded me of a new hairdo, the kind a young girl or women likes to show off because it represents radical change.
Nearby, I saw a Thistle which gave me a similar feeling, although it was a very different style of hairdo.