...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.
During the first weekend in October, 2014, the Oak Treehoppers were active, as they are now. But, I
was way behind in my firewood splitting. I found these cedar rounds photogenic, so I took a break and got my camera.
I then wandered down the driveway a bit and found these huge fungi erupting through the pine needles. The second one pictured here got a little assist from me. I saw a mound forming in the pine needles, so I carefully scraped some out of the way. In a matter of days, there were 6 or 7 of these large beauties in the area, probably all parts of the same fungus connected beneath the surface of the ground. So far this year, there's no sign of them, but I do think I'll go check this afternoon.
On my way back up the driveway, the sun broke through a hole in the clouds and I got one more nice shot of the Treehoppers. I decided to play with them a while.
These last two photos show their size from another perspective and show that they are not to be feared.