...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.
Farewell-to-Spring abundant along the trail today, with over two weeks of Spring remaining. It felt like summer, though. The first time I discovered this plant was on the first day of summer several years ago. It seems to appear earlier every year, although it's possible I'm just getting better at spotting it. Known to botanists as Clarkia dudleyana.
Easily ignored on hikes is the tiny Spanish Clover, Lotus purshianus. Individual blossoms are around 1/4" wide, and they are often facing the ground and hidden by their green sepals. Outside the borders of my photos of this plant are often hidden fingers.