...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.
My friend on Jackson Street has a 50-foot row of Snowberry bushes along the road. Even thought they are a summer crop, they make me think of snow - wish for snow! What intrigues me besides the hundreds of little white balls is what you can see when you look closer. Berries and leaves in all stages of their seasonal cycle. Some leaves thoroughly munched on by various insects and larvae.
Insect egg clusters on the undersides of leaves. Some berries still green, while others have ripened and then been devoured by birds.
And a few clusters of buds and freshly bloomed flowers. A season on a bush.