Nearly a month went by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I found that teaching writing classes not only involved lots of time grading papers but also focused my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but was not focusing in the short run on material I wanted to post here. Finally, in the month of July, I managed to resume my average of one post per day for the month. I plan to surpass that volume from here on out. What I post here, combined with my daily writing in journals, is mostly fine-tuning what I hope to publish in a memoir about my experiences in education as student, parent, teacher, supporter and critic.
Meanwhile, I am still available for guiding local nature hikes. Contact me at email@example.com to inquire about rates and parameters of time, distance, and personal needs regarding matters of health and fitness.
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.
I was ostensibly out looking for wildflowers today, especially looking to see if the Mountain Lady Slippers were blooming, which they were. But there was such a variety of bug life active, I couldn't help myself. I don't have the means to identify all the tiny ones. I just enjoyed seeing them. Especially the ones that like to land on the bright green water tank in Boyle Ravine. I pretend it's a moon made of cheese, and the bugs are humongous. The sixth photo from the top might not look like a bug. That's because it isn't! It's the seed of a composite flower, probably a Dandelion or a Salsify. The next to last photo appears to be some white foamy substance on an alder branch. Turns out the stuff moves, almost looking like it's boiling. There are nymphs of a bug inside, mealy bug nymphs.
The bottom photo is a gathering of Aphids on the stem of Salsify.