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.
Sometimes what I'm seeing and thinking about in one season remind me of things I saw in another. That was the case today when I pondered various survival mechanisms of insects and plants that survive the winter. In the case of insects, extreme fertility is a major survival method. So long as natality is equal to or greater than mortality, the species survives. In the case of gumplant (top photo), what do you suppose that wad of "gum" has to do with survival? The insects mating in the bottom photo are Pacific Ambush Bugs, and the plant they are on is Tansy.