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.
Enjoyed reminiscing along Highway 49 from Downieville to Nevada City. Use to travel this route often in the 70s. Spring wildflowers beginning to show included Forget-me-not (this might be the non-native Myosotis sp. ot the native Stickseed, Hackelia sp.), a member of the Family Boraginaceae. In the understory of the oak forest were lots of Scotch Broom, an invasive shrub. This beautiful member of the pea family has become naturalized in the Sierra foothills and some parts of the Coastal Range. It may be invasive, but its beautiful yellow blossoms (next post) have a great peach-like fragrance. Beneath the shrubs there were lots of Miner's Lettuce (3rd photo) in bloom. Also, some great stands of Mistletoe in the oaks. Provides great bird-watching habitat. The California Buttercups were out, too, but I was getting hungry by the time I got to North San Juan and needed to drive straight to Nevada City without further stops. But, I'll be back.
Bottom photo is of a particularly large acorn.