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.
Can't stay away from Boyle Ravine when it's sunny. Each time, I see something new. The abundant dandelions are getting taller and showing more lush flower heads, and they are attracting more insects. The Carabid beetles are described in one of my field guides as "fierce predators." From the looks of those jaws, I'd tend to agree. More yellow violets. I'll take another chance on IDs. I think the first one, with the lobed leaves is Viola lobata, [Oops! This just in. One of my followers pointed out that this one is actually Viola sheltonii. An updated correction of my violet mistakes is due. Will try to post by Sunday evening.]and the next two photos might be Viola glabella. Yikes, there are so many yellow species. Up at Slate Creek Canyon this morning, I found still another that might be Viola douglasii. That trip will be featured in my next post. The young Cascara Buckthorn are showing off their beautiful shiny leaves, and the water tank is attracting mostly insects I can't identify. Very interesting combination of dark green paint and southern exposure seems to function like a giant leaf. Today I saw this fuzzy white butterfly or moth and something that looks like a cross between a wasp and a crane fly. Haven't found either of these in a book yet.