...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.
Maybe default isn't the right word for it, but it's how I felt when I took these photos. You see, when I was having lunch with a friend at Patti's Thunder around 1:00, it was warm and sunny. Not a cloud in the sky. We were outside, next to the flower garden, and there were dozens of insects visiting the flowers, courting, etc., and I vowed to get my camera after lunch and come back for some insect photography. I was particularly intent on photographing the Cabbage Whites that were abundant, and mating in mid-air. By the time I got back, the day was unraveling. A storm was moving in. It got cloudy and cooler very fast, and all the bugs were gone. Well, I guess I can celebrate Patti's great work of art after all, even though I missed the bugs.
Marigolds, Nasturtiums, and many other bright ones adorn this fairly small space beneath the grape vines that are producing well. This is part I of two sets of Patti's flowers. I'll be back during the next warm spell.