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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
This photo of a gathering of Convergent Ladybird Beetles was taken last fall at around 5,000' elevation near Quincy. These beautiful beetles may now be found at the lower elevations, say 1,000' to 2,500' and will be mating soon. Then most of them will head for the Central Valley for careers in aphid control. In Quincy, with the present lingering storm, we're having the feeling of winter just getting started. If you're a fan of spring, as I am, just drive down the Feather River Canyon, and in places like Table Mountain and Bidwell Park, as well as in the lower reaches of the canyon itself, spring is underway. Bring a camera and a notebook and you'll find wonders.