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.
Last Thursday, just before the snow hit, I found only one Oak Treehopper on the branch where I had been watching them for two months. I brought her inside for photos - see Nov. 3 post - and wrote her obituary. Yesterday afternoon, in a bitter cold wind, I took another look at that branch and here was another treehopper. A little smaller than the one I photographed Thursday, this one was undoubtedly one of the progeny, probably wondering where all the others went. I brought this one inside for one last photo session, then returned it. I'd love to be able to track these to their winter destinations.
I'm pretty sure this will be the last post of Oak Treehoppers this year.