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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.