...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.
At Butterfly Valley Botanical Area, the main attraction for most people is the blooming Pitcher Plants, Darlingtonia californica, and they are truly impressive, many blooming on top of stems reaching 2 feet or more above the surrounding grasses and shorter flowers. But early this morning, I was impressed by the translucent leaves in the early morning light. The above photo shows last season's leaf (r) and the current season's (l). Will post my blooming flowers of this plant later today.
I was actually leaving the meadow in my truck when I saw this Pine Drops, Pterospora andromodea, glowing beneath tall pines and firs. Same situation - last year's dried stems on the right and this year's brightly colored fresh stems in full flower on the left.