...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.
As I headed East toward Midtown Coffee around 6:45 a.m., I was greeted by a brilliant red sky. I stopped in the parking lot to get these photos. For the sunrise, I cropped out all the human constructions so I could pretend I was seeing this from a mountain top or a meadow in the forest.
Toward the South, where the sky was still dark enough, I could see the Morning Star, also knows as planet Venus, and a crescent moon. You might need to click on the photo to enlarge it in order to see Venus. These were both shot with a normal, 55mm lens, not a telephoto. Crows and Stellar's Jay in the vicinity were squawking, but I never saw them.