Nearly a month has gone by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I'm finding that teaching writing classes not only involves lots of time grading papers but also focuses my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but not focusing in the short run on material I want to post here. We'll see what develops. Let's just say, my cessation of blogging is not due to deterioration of my health. I might be back soon. It probably depends on how spring unfolds - wildflowers, lizards, interesting insects, etc., usually fire me up and prompt me to keep my camera batteries charged.
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.