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.
Further Thoughts on Slime; Table Mountain, 3/23/12
Here's the California Slender Salamander, Batrachoceps attenuatus, that I mentioned on yesterday's post. I found it under a small piece of basalt nestled in a bed of Star Moss. In a matter of weeks, as the soil on Table Mountain dries up, this fellow will have done his breeding and will head down the deep cracks where he will spend the summer 20 feet or more below the surface. The second photo is of a branch of wild grape covered with slime mold. I approached from the backside and grabbed the branch without seeing the slime. A discomforting feeling, for a few seconds, but I quickly washed it off in the creek and was no worse for the wear. Dried my hands and got a couple of photos. It was actually kind of pretty with streaks of different colors like the stalactites in Carlsbad Caverns. I wonder if the colors represent different species. I also wondered if many hikers carry hand sanitizer. I don't believe in the stuff; just curious.