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.
The forecast calls for wind and snow tomorrow. I thought this might be my last chance to photograph the Oak Treehoppers by my driveway. The cold weather and probably some built-in cycle of life span has reduced the several dozen treehoppers to just three. Two, a mother and child (now adult) are shown here, and the third one is about a foot away. The branch they've been occupying for two months has lost all its leaves, so it's a pretty lonely outpost in their last days. Don't forget to click on the photo for a closer view. Elegant insects!