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.
We woke up last Friday morning to 6" of new snow. I feared a huge delay in the season for wildflower and bug photography. However, this Sunday morning it's nearly all melted at the Quincy elevation. I visited the old apple tree on Lee Road and found that the plants and animals that live there were hardly disturbed. I picked up a few little logs, boards and small stones and found a busy cluster of ground beetles underneath. They scuttled around rapidly like Carabids and played dead when disturbed. (Top three photos) I always replace the rocks and boards so these creatures won't have to find or make new homes. There were still several nests of Earwigs tending their eggs (4th photo) and some pleasant greenery. A cute crop of Bedstraw was emerging at the base of the tree, and the Henbit Dead Nettle that has been blooming here for several weeks seemed none the worse for the wear. I expect several new species to emerge here in the coming week. Warm temperatures are forecast and the soil is wet. Great combination for a "real" spring to begin.