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.
The "pink slime" recently approved for school lunches is giving slime a bad name. These two slime-covered beauties from our recent Table Mountain excursion are very well adapted to a place that is hot and dry for much of the year. The top photo is of a banana slug and the bottom one is a newt. Both were found in a shady canyon below one of Table Mountain's major waterfalls. Nearby I also found a Slender Salamander under a rock in damp soil. These are known on the surface for a very brief time in spring then crawl down cracks in the basalt where they might spend most of the year 20 feet or more below the surface.