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.
This might have been another one of those between-storm moments, but I took a short hike on the Feather River College nature trail this afternoon and found the Wood Violets, Viola lobata, popping up through the carpet of dried pine needles and oak leaves. On the way back to my car, my heart sunk at the freshly mowed lawn. That is, until I discovered many clever plants had managed to bloom below the level of the blades. That included some nice little fungi, Chick Weed, Spring Whitlow Grass, and a possible Meadow Foam. I'll post some photos of these other plants in a little while. And, I'll savor them through the next storm.