While we were taking a walk for the new year this morning, we stopped and sat under an old oak tree near the creek. I heard a tapping noise above me and saw this guy.
Later, as we walked along the creek, I saw an egret. There are quite a few of them here, and I see them all the time, but don't always have my camera with me. I used to carry it around all the time, and kind of got out of the habit. Malida mentioned it the other day--that I don't take many pictures anymore, other than off my phone. So I put the camera in the car and have taken it on the past few walks.
In other news, I finished my first semester teaching at the college. I was invited to apply for the tenure-track position. I went through the fairly rigorous interview process and was offered the position just before the end of the semester. One of the people on the President's panel was my old dean when I was in nursing school.
The first semester was kind of tough--I was at a new hospital, and had all new lectures. Not to mention how different the academic environment is than a healthcare environment. But I loved it and am absolutely sure I made the right choice.
We are going up to Mendocino in a few days, so more photo opportunities soon.