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 email@example.com 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.
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.