After a slow first five months, I'm back to blogging in earnest. In the forthcoming few months I plan to keep on tracking the blooming of wildflowers, the activities of bugs and reptiles and any other critters I'm quick enough or lucky enough to photograph, and to comment on ecological relationships. Since there is an increasing sense of ecological crisis among many people and more vigorous denial of such on the part of others, I will inevitably comment on the social and political dimensions of survival as I see them.
I am still an adjunct instructor in the English Department at Feather River College, but time permitting, I am available for hire as a nature guide in the region in and around Plumas County. A brochure describing my usual kinds of natural history adventures is in development. Email me c/o email@example.com with your mailing address and a statement of interests, and I'll send you a rough draft.
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.
Soon I'll be participating in another blog, a group effort showcasing my home town of Quincy. My part of this enterprise will be called Seldom Seen Delights. Yesterday, as I was waiting for an appointment with a colleague at the Mt. Hough Ranger Station, I decided to wander around with the camera for a few minutes. At first glance, the area around the parking lot looks overly groomed, or one might say "tamed." Very little underbrush, lower branches trimmed - boring! However, the job of a photographer/naturalist is to look beyond the obvious. This practice is always rewarded. When one chooses to place a rectangle (the frame of the viewfinder) around a portion of nature, many considerations come into play. The most important consideration is light. Am I trying to show the scene "as it is" or am I trying to use some poetic license to convey a message? Am I highly conscious of what I'm leaving out? Examples: litter, vandalism, unpopular items. I think a unifying theme in my photography and drawing is "seldom seen." I think "discovery" is one of the greatest possible human experiences, so I try to share my discoveries. These are rarely, if ever, things discovered for the first time, but my particular view is a discovery for me and usually for most people who accompany me. Like Thoreau, I marvel at the wonders in my own back yard. No need to travel to a rain forest or the Arctic to feel I'm seeing something exotic. I'm glad I arrived a bit early and decided to wander around a bit. Click on any photo for a closer view.