...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.
A week ago after work I went out toward Oakland Camp to check on the status of the Mountain Lady Slippers. See the top photo in the blog of May 5. I saw several of the plants with no buds yet. Yesterday, I went to the same spot and Voila! Blossoms. They are not yet fully open, but certainly identifiable as the flowers of the Mountain Ladyslipper. I had n't even gotten around to posting all of the photos of other species that I took on that trip last week. But these new blossoms were so exciting, I decided to jump ahead. Also, just a few feet away from the Ladyslippers were dozens of
specimens of the Spotted Coralroot, another orchid, in full bloom. I hadn't noticed even small shoots last week. The soil temperature and moisture must be ideal, because things are happening fast. Also, every time I turn around I see another species blooming for the first time. Western Dog Violet, Scarlet Fritillary, various species of Ranunculus (buttercups), a few Stickseed (Forget-me-nots), among others. My favorite photos from yesterday's outing was the newly blooming Lemmon's Wild Ginger. Tomorrow morning I'll start catching up wth the photos from both outings, May 5 and May 12. Remember, you may click on any photos in the blog for enlarged views.