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.
Yesterday, my son and I went back to the Keddie Cascades Trail to see if we could find the hellgrammite I had seen there on Saturday with my nature journaling class. We scored. It was under the same rock beneath a spout of water coming out of a rock wall at trailside. Not too surprising really as it was so cold it couldn't move very fast. Also, there was really no place to go. It had a suitable puddle in which to grow until metamorphosing into an adult Dobsonfly. The top photo is what it looked like in the water. Then I placed it on a rock for a better view and photo then replaced it. I'll check on it again when the snow melts, perhaps this weekend. The next two photos are of a Maidenhair Fern, a species we missed on the Saturday trip. And last, two photos of Rattlesnake Plantain. This is not a real plantain, such as you find in the Family Plantaginaceae. It's an orchid. I'll see what I can find out about this odd name. I assume the rattlesnake part refers to the pattern on each leaf.