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 email@example.com 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.
Doing some yard clean-up, making way for tulips and other domesticated plants, but always looking out for wild critters. The Carabid Beetle (family Carabidae) is a fast-moving predator, and I was lucky to get a fairly focused shot before it disappeared into the leaf mold by the log I rolled over. I have a few strategically placed short pieces of 2x4 where I can count on various invertebrates adopting them as hiding places. Today I found the usual complement of slugs and isopods. The lilac bush in the front yard is in full bud. Lots of schools across the country use the date of "bud burst" of the lilacs as an indicator of the beginning of spring. To me, the unopened buds are just as pretty as the flowers of this versatile member of the olive family. The last photo here I called "under log potpourri." Indication that these were growing under a log would be the curvature of the stems of the fungi. Very tiny - notice the male catkin of a pine tree for scale. Rounding out this collection are some fir needles and water drops caught in a spider web. Tomorrow this blog will probably return to themes with bright colors as I'm going to Table Mountain. Stay tuned....