A Gallinule and Lerps

Both the dog and I slept like rocks last night.  My depression is getting the better of me, and I didn’t even want to get out of the bed… but I muscled my way through the grief-sludge and rolled out anyway.  I checked out of the hotel by about 6:30 am and headed back to Sacramento, but stopped in once more at the wildlife refuge mostly because it was on the way… and “nature” helps me to focus and connect.  There wasn’t a lot new today, but I did get some photos of a Common Gallinule, red face and everything.  And I got some photos of the lerps an insect called a Eucalyptus Redgum Lerp Psyllid (Glycaspis brimblecombei).  The lerps are like small white “teepees” made of spun starch the insects pull from the leaves.  The insects themselves look like tiny green leafhoppers…

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The dog and I got back home around noon, just as my brother Marty was getting ready to go out to lunch with his friends.  I dragged my bags out of the car and set them in the bedroom, then crashed on the couch with the dogs.

I still can’t face work or other people right now – I’m feeling totally emotionally drained — so I cancelled my naturalist partnership workshop in Coloma and will stay home tomorrow…