...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.
Last Thursday's rain has been dripping down the mountain, and as of yesterday morning, Dellinger's Pond had enough water to attract wildlife. I stopped by Early yesterday morning and was startled by a group of deer near the entrance. As I approached with my camera, they ran along the dam, stopping several times to see if was still in pursuit. Low-level early morning light made photography difficult, but here's the best image I got (above). As I walked slowly along the dam, I spotted a Grey Fox running through the pond weeds. I only had my 55mm lens, and by the time I got a shot off, the fox was at least 100 years away (below). I cropped the photo a bit, and it's just barely clear enough to be evidence of a fox. A fox made of pixels. I think I'll start mounting the telephoto lens before I go through the gate. More rain expected tonight and tomorrow, so this place might be come a good watering hole again soon.