Nearly a month has gone by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I'm finding that teaching writing classes not only involves lots of time grading papers but also focuses my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but not focusing in the short run on material I want to post here. We'll see what develops. Let's just say, my cessation of blogging is not due to deterioration of my health. I might be back soon. It probably depends on how spring unfolds - wildflowers, lizards, interesting insects, etc., usually fire me up and prompt me to keep my camera batteries charged.
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 last weekend's hike on Mill Creek Trail, we went through the muddy stretch looking for the showy flowers, like Leopard Lilies, that are not yet blooming. But, among the many other interesting sights was the fuzzy stuff growing on the branches of young White Alders. It reminded me of a similar sight on the Oakland Camp Road by a wet spot that lasts most of the summer due to seepage from the hill toward the railroad tracks. Not sure what it is, but I had to touch it.
I couldn't see anything moving inside, but it was bad lighting and my eyes were tired. My best guess is Wooly Aphids.
Here are six more from Sunday's hike on the Mill Creek Trail. The ridiculously slow Internet speed at home means I am out of time for the session. It has taken from 2 1/2 to 3 minutes to upload each photo while at most any downtown venue with WiFi it takes about 10 seconds each. I'll need to finish up downtown at first oppoetunity. Probably in the morning. Meanwhile, enjoy the Bue Camas Lily and Columbine.
Spring is becoming so spectacular that I feel like I'm trying to go forward and backward both at once. By forward, I mean continuing to upload the many photos I've taken on recent outings, and by backward I mean adding the narratives to the several posts I've made so far from those same adventures. For now, while taking a yard work break, I find that when I go to retrieve a wheelbarrow, rake, of hedge clippers, some interesting bug, like the above Swallowtail Butterfly, intervenes. This is the Western Swallowtail and it is feeding on the flowers of Spreading Dogbane, a relative of the milkweeds. Click on the photo for a closer view.