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.
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.