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.
Went for a hike yesterday along Spanish Creek in freezing weather. I was not dressed warmly enough for patient photography. However, even though the air temperature was undoubtedly below freezing, I had occasion to lay my hand on the bark of a large Ponderosa Pine and noticed it was warm. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if it was near what we call "room" temperature, say 70 degrees F or so. Nearby was a stump of a Ponderosa and I got curious enough to pull off a few slabs of bark. Sure enough, there was lots of invertebrate activity. Here I'm posting just a sample. The top photo features a Silverfish in the center and a termite in the upper left. While I was composing this shot at least three centipedes whizzed by and disappeared in various cracks and holes. The second photo features a sow bug which together with pill bugs is sometimes called a Roly Poly. The sow bugs can only partially curl up, whereas the pill bugs can curl up into a sphere. There are other differences, of course. The third photo features another termite, and the last features a centipede, approximately an inch long. Before long there will be several species of centipedes here that exceed 3" in length and are often reported as exceeding 6". That's called enthusiasm! I try to include accuracy in my enthusiasm, but don't always succeed.