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.
Besides the bugs in my previous post, a delightful array of fungi were on display. While the deciduous trees and most wildflowers are "sleeping" through the winter, the fungi are doing important work of creating soil and providing nutrients for the other plants and a few humans. My favorite on today's walk was the Bird's Nest Fungus, pictured above. I'll post pictures tomorrow of five others. The Bird's Nest Fungus has a remarkable method of reproduction and dispersal. I'll be posting a diagram of this soon. Meanwhile, there's a great video of this fungus on YouTube under the title "Evolutionary Masterpieces." Check it out.