...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.
Ever since humans could dream, they have probably dreamed of flying. DaVinci remarkably imagined a future of bicycles and flying machines. Aeronautical engineers have certainly studied bees, dragonflies, and birds in order to uncover the magic of flight. I got to wondering about nature's influence on design the other day when i drove by this small plane parked in a hangar at Quincy's airport. It reminded me a large, motorized version of the Oak Treehoppers I have been photographing recently as I have been doing during this season for several years.
I wonder if the person who painted the plane was influenced by the design of these bugs. They really can fly, although most of the times I have disturbed them, they have hopped away - thus their name.