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.
These images were captured within walking distance of my house. When I choose to put them on greeting cards, I wonder who will receive them. When out of town visitors buy my cards at Main Street Artists Gallery, I enjoy finding out where they are from and to whom they might send the cards. More often than not, they are from large cities and are intrigued that these natural wonders are so accessible to those of us who live here. I don't think I could live in a city without parks. In places like Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and Central Park in New York City, one can imagine being in the wilderness. If you live in a large city without parks, it just takes more creative looking to connect with the natural world. For example, while attending college in several large cities, I never took pigeons for granted. And, in some cities, owls and peregrine falcons have taken up residence on tall buildings. And, here's a salute to the weeds. They always manage to find a way to survive in cities. I've discovered many wonders in cracks in the sidewalks. How does one explain crawling around on hands and knees on a city sidewalk? Maybe say that you dropped a contact lens. If anyone stoops down to help, you could then introduce them to what you're really looking at! Spread the joy.