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.
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.