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.
I love nature's surprises - usually. Today I was bringing some firewood up from the carport when I found this live butterfly. I posted a photo of this species a couple of months ago when we had already got many freezing nights. Since that time it has been much colder, seldom rising above freezing even in the afternoon, yet the butterfly was still alive. Not at all active, he/she stayed put as I carried the log up to my porch and fetched my camera. I was in the house for less than a minute, but it was gone when I got back outside. I found it a few feet away crawling around, apparently looking for a new hiding place. Got a couple of photos then let it be. Must have antifreeze in its veins.