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.
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.