...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 consider myself the APP in this situation. Connected to the frog by a thumb-belly connector, the frog positioned himself in such a way that compelled me to push the shutter button. Thus, an amphibian selfie.
A side view of the same frog, but this time I made the decision on my own. :)
My wife, Bib, sitting on a giant oak limb. Click on the photo for an enlargement in which you can see the large patches of Goldfields (below) in the background.
Another of my favorites, in the mustard family, is the Lacepod. Looks especially nice when backlit.
The majority of the Seep Spring Monkeyflower were still closed under cloudy skies, and actually looked wilted. But I did manage to get a pair that were open. All in all, I saw only around a dozen
species of blooming wildflowers. In previous outings when I hit peak blooming time I'd get over a hundred. We had a great day anyway. This place is aways beautiful, even in mid-summer and fall when the streams and waterfalls have dried up and most flowers have long since gone to seed. I'll have one more post on last Saturday's trip before moving on to a new topic.