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.
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.