...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.
On the California Black Oak (Quercus kelloggii)along my driveway, the seasonal arrival of the
Oak Treehoppers (Platycotus vittata) is underway. A few clusters of these cute little bugs have appeared on just two branches of the 30 or so I inspected. Over the next few weeks, thousands more will appear, and I will try to improve my photo archive and share more of their natural history. Click on the photos for closer views. I wonder fi that white one is an albino, or just a stage I haven't noticed before.