...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.
On certain cloudy, cool, and humid days, the Crimson Columbine are mostly hanging low, so when I approach a patch, I first see nearly all the blossoms from behind. I don't know if it's an example of the Hawthorne Effect or just my cantankerous nature, but the flower seems more beautiful from this perspective. At least it did when I took this photo last Wednesday while mainly in pursuit of Mountain Lady Slippers. It occurred to me that lots of things sometime look better from behind - certain cars, like perhaps the Edsel, certain people, a classic caboose, rattlesnakes? Maybe me.