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.
Did you miss it? A lot of people will tell you today is the first day of spring. Well it is the first full day of spring, but the "tipping point," the actual event that marks the beginning of spring, happened last night at 10:14! The rainy weather of the past few days and the forecast of more means we're likely to have a great April for wildflowers. While I'm looking forward to at least one more trip to Table Mountain, for me the real excitement begins along the trails leading out of Oakland Camp, certain special spots along Highway 70 near Quincy, and the trails from my front door leading up Claremont Mountain. I'm beginning to see flowers and bugs that aren't there yet. Imagination is a kind of preview.