...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.
Known as Diamond Clarkia, and possibly many other common names, Clarkia rhomboidea was abundant in the "rough" at the edges of the trail I hiked this afternoon. The generic name is after William Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and the species name is based on the overall flower shape, a rhombus, or more popularly known as a diamond. I have never seen an actual diamond in that shape except in a deck of cards. Nearby was another species of Clarkia, commonly known as Farewell-to-Spring. I'll dig through my digital extravaganza to find an image of it. I'm pretty sure I took a few photos of it on this same hike, although I was so hot and dry, I might have been hallucinating.