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.
Although it's been pretty cold these past two months, we've not gotten much snow. It was easy to find some good photo ops on a brief hike along the edges of the Feather River College campus. I plan to spend some time there tomorrow with my Adventures in Nature Journaling class, the first of six Saturdays for Session 1. Another 6-week session starts March 24. There are many points of interest along the college's Nature Trail. On a short hike, one can see all the major tree species that grow at this elevation. Good opportunities to distinguish White Fir and Douglass-fir up close as well as from a distance. Also, we can identify certain deciduous trees that have dropped all their leaves. There's an amazing variety of lichens growing on rocks and tree bark. The photos above, from top to bottom are of Oregon Grape, Lichen growing on a branch of Black Oak, the trunk of a Choke Cherry tree, male and female "flowers" of White Alder, and a large California Black Oak. Even when there are no wildflowers blooming, there is a lot of beauty in the forest. There is still time to join us. Meet in the main student/faculty parking lot by 9:00 a.m., and I'll have parking passes for you. Use a restroom before you arrive as there will not be any facilities open at the college. We can adjourn after a short while to a warm coffee shop for discussion, note taking, and sketching.