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.
I was advised that Table Mountain wasn't "ready" and I should wait another couple of weeks. What about the people who live there? Should they leave? I went anyway, and had a great time. Fortunately, my companions and I were aware that the wonders of Table Mountain are year 'round and are not limited to flowers blooming. Although the sheer quantity of blooming flowers was not the greatest we had ever seen, and probably has not reached its peak for this season, we saw plenty of flowers. We also saw some great cloud formations, some very photogenic, gnarled trees, great views of the coastal range and Sutter Buttes, and lots of little animals. My favorite is the frog formerly known as Hyla, now known as Pseudacris regilla, the Pacific Chorus Frog. The green one pictured above sat on my hand long enough for me and my fellow photographer to get several dozens photos. SOme of the others will undoubtedly appear here from time to time. This species of frog occurs in many color variations as the third photo attests. The color doesn't always match the background as with chameleons. We also saw lots of newts, including mating pairs. Rather difficult to photograph underwater, so I caught one for picture taking. The last photo here is of a Praying Mantis egg case. We also saw Water Striders, Ladybugs, other kinds of beetles, and several kinds of birds, the most memorable of which were the Killdeer and Meadowlarks. If I were a geologist, I would be gushing over the fantastic rock formations, not only on the mountain but all along the way from Quincy.
Reports of wildflowers seen to follow soon.
We are expecting a week or more of rain beginning today, so the week following the rain should be terrific for people visiting the mountain primarily for flowers. I'm sure I'll be going back.