Nearly a month has gone by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I'm finding that teaching writing classes not only involves lots of time grading papers but also focuses my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but not focusing in the short run on material I want to post here. We'll see what develops. Let's just say, my cessation of blogging is not due to deterioration of my health. I might be back soon. It probably depends on how spring unfolds - wildflowers, lizards, interesting insects, etc., usually fire me up and prompt me to keep my camera batteries charged.
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.
Taking time out from the work of sorting through my unfinished business to post this return visitor to my unpaved parking area. I posted this little guy last year, but no one responded. I think it's probably a non-native species, but I can't find it in any of my books. I might have to review my plant anatomy, get out a good hand lens, and dig into the details and an advanced taxonomic key such as in the Jepson manual. The blossoms are only abut an eighth of an inch in diameter and are easily overlooked in a patch of wild grasses, especially when upstaged by dandelions. It looks roughly like a phlox, but I was hoping a botanist out there could help me out. I can't afford the new Jepson manual as yet.