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.
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.