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.
Did some serious climbing up talus slopes today near Oakland Camp. At this rate, my boots won't last until summer. Wore shorts, so I didn't wear holes in the knees - there were no knees! Saw several species of wildflowers blooming, and several more almost blooming. Will post more detailed report tomorrow, but for now, here are my two favorite images from the hike. The blue spots on the Fence Lizard's back indicate he's in mating mood. As you might guess from the charred log he's sitting on, this area experienced a wildfire. Only a couple of pines and firs remain standing. The slope is almost entirely covered with young California Black Oak interspersed with lots of Buck Brush, Deer Brush and Manzanita. Lots of Dog Violet and Buttercups blooming.