...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.
A place locally known as Dellinger's Pond has not been a pond at all for several months. That is, until this past week, when we got some pretty good rains. Now there's enough standing water - or slightly flowing water - that I think of it as Dellinger's Almost-a-Pond. The above photo is of a spot one sees soon after passing the entrance gate and shows where a little tributary coming from the South feeds the pond. The photo below shows the large open area that hopefully will soon be a pond again, but for now shows a tributary feeding the western end of the pond.
I'm looking forward to more water and the return of the waterfowl.