Friday, June 24, 2016
I'm seeing a lot of news briefs about the "Noah"s Ark Replica" under construction in Kentucky. How can one build a "replica" of something that never existed in the first place? I could more easily dismiss this event if it weren't associated with the total disconnect with what is known about Earth history and biology. As a naturalist, it is particularly disturbing to have otherwise bright students taken in by Young Earth Creationism, and from that, become anti-science, or even favor "faith" in so many other wars that are characterized by "faith vs. reason." You read it here last: dinosaurs and humans DID NOT co-exist.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Monday, June 13, 2016
The above photo is of Leopard Lily, and they were abundant and in healthy form. I never tired of trying to capture my best ever photo of them.
Below, is my favorite insect, or one of my 100 favorites!, the Red Milkweed Beetle. This past week I saw them for the first time this season. It didn't take any coaxing to get this one to crawl off a Milkweed Blossom onto my hand. It was on a roadside patch of Showy Milkweed, Asclepias speciosa, and it is one of the Longhorn Beetles, Family Cerambicidae. I love how Spellcheck stresses over these Latinized words. Fortunately, the red underscores don't show up in the final posting.
Friday, June 10, 2016
This particular hike got me to reminiscing on wildflower and insect photos I have taken on campus over the past several years, and a quick perusal of my photo archives revealed over 100 species of wildflowers. Many of these photos include spider and insect visitors to said plants.
I have decided to gather these photos and organize them, and attempt to put together a Enjoying the Wild at Feather River College DVD and/or booklet that will include natural history notes, folk lore, etymologies, and other material about these flowers and bugs. For those who live at or near the college, some of the available pleasures include learning what is "in season" and anticipating seasonal changes, comparing conditions from year to year, and introducing the "wild" environment to visitors.
My self-imposed timeline says I need to have this project accomplished by mid-August.
Meanwhile, another distraction coming up tomorrow. I'll be guiding a trip to the Butterfly Valley Botanical Area. It might be wise to leave my camera at home this time so I can get back to my to-do list rather than be tempted to change it.