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.
I made an excuse for low-quality photos in my last post, but, I lead a charmed life. My friend Spencer Dykstra, who accompanied me on that hike, just sent me these photos that he took with his trusty Canon. He brought his good camera, a tripod, and a lot of skill, so it's my pleasure to share his work with you. Top photo is the Milkmaids, a member of the mustard family, formerly called Cruciferae, but now known as Brassicaceae. Not only did he provide a better quality photo, but he chose a more photogenic cluster from among the big patch of Milkmaids we came across. And, he got a sharper photo of the California Toad than we could get with an iPod Touch. I've found adults of this toad in camp during the summer that were at least four inches long. Then the long, skinny centipede I've featured on this blog before. Not the same individual, but the same type:-) This one exceeded four inches in length, but was reluctant to stretch out for a pose. Fun to watch how they explore for food with their antennae. We saw some very tiny, soft-bodied insects under the same piece of bark that were likely potential prey for the centipede. A mere 24 hours later, all is now under snow. I hope it melts quickly as yesterday's hike really whetted my appetite for exploring the Oakland Camp area. Thanks for the photos, Spencer.