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.
We're only a couple of days into the projected long rainstorm, but some spring wildflowers have already sprung up. They're tiny, though, so you almost have to crawl around on hands and knees to spot them. That's my specialty, wearing out the knees of pants. The Spring Whitlow Grass, Draba verna, a member of the mustard family, Brassicaceae, has blossoms 1/4-inch or less across and its basal rosettes of leaves are almost always covered by the leaves of neighboring vegetation. Dewdrops on grass are an aesthetically pleasing subject, and if you're lucky you might catch some insect drinking from these little reservoirs. On this same day, while walking without my camera, I also saw the first Henbit Dead Nettle and Chickweed at this elevation. I had seen them a couple of weeks ago in the lower canyon near Bear Creek, about 1,500 feet below Quincy. So, spring is starting to move up the canyon.