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.
A cold, wintery walk in our shady forest yielded more activity than I expected. Narrow beams of sunlight peeked through the branches of pines, firs, and cedars and warmed small patches of ground and fallen bark. Ever curious, even in freezing temperatures, I had to tip over some of these pieces of bark. I found several insects (Hemipteran, top photo), centipedes, and spiders moving around, barely. I replaced the bark and moved on. There will be much greater diversity under these pieces as the weather warms. On the rest of our walk, we saw lots of great mosses, fungi, and wild ginger. Will post some of these next. My favorite, the Bird's Nest Fungus, was looking great.