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.
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.