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.
Coming from a Table Mountain wildflower display where my frame of reference is a myriad of bright colors, a walk in the local woods seems to consist only of green and brown. Spend a little time here, though, and you realize why the artist's palette includes as many as a dozen or more varieties of brown. I think I'd need that many, or great skill at blending, in order to render the subjects pictured above in my journal. I peeked under many pieces of bark and small rocks, and found a few centipedes, but it was still too cold for most invertebrates to activate. Planning a mid-day hike tomorrow on the other side of the valley with a southern exposure. That should be the equivalent of moving a month ahead in the season. I fully expect to find several species of flowers blooming and a variety of invertebrates below the duff. My Sunday evening post should include colors other than brown.