...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.
I'm beginning to think that the secret to finding scenes like this is to forget to bring my camera. I've been walking by this spot in Boyle Ravine for ten years and have never before seen Washington Lilies. Today, while walking our dogs up the Ravine, there were two fully-blooming Washington Lilies, each with a cluster of 6 blossoms, right at the edge of the trail. I saw the stems and leaves a couple of weeks ago and assumed they were Leopard Lilies which I've seen here often. But they bloomed over the weekend and are Lilium washingtonianum. Fortunately (I can't believe I'm saying this!), my wife had her camera. I have this Luddite resistance to taking photos with a phone, just like I initially resisted digital photography. But film is essentially gone, and I am getting used to the advantages of digital. Maybe some day I'll be taking photos with a phone, but so far I'm resisting even owning one. Click on the photo for a closer view. Extraordinary plant.