...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.
In the forest between the northern terminus of Oakland Camp and Gilson Creek off the sides of the Tollgate Creek trail, there are lots of Clarkia dudleyana, commonly known as Farewell-to-Spring. I first learned this plant on the last day of spring some five years ago. It seems they are blooming earlier every year, and this year the most abundant crop I can remember. Yet a lot fewer species of other wildflowers are blooming. My research into what is going on continues.
In the same area, there are lots of Penstemon blooming. Or, in scientific terminology, Penstemon sp. I am not sure of the species, and there are quite a few species of Pentstemon that are purple. Of note, this is one of the several species of local wildflowers whose common name is the same as the scientific name. Another would be Rhododendron.