...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.
On the way back to Quincy from my March trip to Table Mountain, I was lucky enough to spot two different species of lizards. Most of the photos I post here have to do with wildflowers and their invertebrate visitors - sometimes pollinators, but not always. When I studied zoology seriously many years ago, my strongest interest was in reptiles and amphibians, lumped together in popular language as "herps." The above photo is of an Alligator Lizard. There are two or more species living in this general area, depending on whose classification prevails. The photo below is of a Western Skink. The Alligator Lizard was already out in the open when I approached, but the Skink had been under a large piece of bark before I lifted it. Fortunately, neither of them panicked, so I was able to get clear photos with a standard lens from a little over a foot away.
These two photos have been sitting on my desktop, awaiting attention, ever since I took that trip in March. Consider this post to be a kind of spring cleaning. :)