...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.
The Ambush Bugs were out in force today when I visited Dellinger's Pond. They are hard to spot when they are hiding on yellow backgrounds like the Tansy. These Tansy "buttons" are around 1/4" in diameter. When I first spotted them, I could not tell with the "naked" eye that this was a mating pair.
After taking a few shots and hoping some would be precisely focused, I twisted the stem to get a
different angle, but I wasn't convinced I had a pair until I enlarged the photo on my screen. I suppose I could have disturbed the bugs in order to see what was going on, I didn't want them to waste their energy adjusting to my intrusion.
Very close by were a couple of blooming Sweet Peas and I thought it would be particularly beautiful if Ambush Bugs landed on this bright pink background. Of course they might then be ambushed.