...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.
Cat footprints in the freshly fallen snow reminded me that there's a lot more going on at this time of year than meets the eye - or most eyes. I got these two photos around sunrise by my car, but it was so cold, I didn't bother to bring my camera with me to work. Wouldn't you know, the snow-covered "green" on the way up to the classrooms was decorated with many signs of early morning activity. Most prominent were the many wild turkey footprints. There were also deer prints, Raven Prints, and photogenic leaves and mushroom caps covered with snow. By Noon, the snow had melted and taken all this evidence with it.
Young firs at the edge of my driveway looked really nice with a fresh layer of snow. No need for a snowblower yet. There was fresh bear poop on Boyle and Coburn Streets, but no tipped-over trash cans. It was nice to see the snow, but not all of my students from Florida were glad to see it.