...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.
Is it possible to commit this crime in Quincy? I'm not so sure. I've seen judges do it. I've seen people from all walks of life do it (pun intended). and I do it every day. I've never seen anyone get cited, so it must not be a crime. Today, as I jaywalked by Quincy Natural Foods, I stopped suddenly to pick up this beautiful Liquidambar leaf. It was not rush hour, or I wouldn't have stopped. Anyway, I haven't paid much attention this year to what most people visualize when they hear the words "fall colors." Instead, I've concentrated on insects, fungi, and other things that caught my attention, and enjoyed other people's stories and photos about the changing leaves. I brought this bright red leaf home and photographed it. I guess you could call that tokenism. The above photo was taken without flash on a cardboard box illuminated by compact fluorescent bulbs. The photo below was illuminated by my camera flash.
Lots of trees around Quincy are "peaking" about now. Better hurry. There are a variety of maples, oaks, choke cherries, and shrubs on display, and the Black Cottonwoods are starting to change.
Enjoy, but watch out for traffic. :)