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 made like a deer and spent some time on the trail made for humans, but more time on the many trails maintained by deer. There are lots of buttercups and dandelions that stand out against the greenery, but the more hidden beauties include the Western Dog Violet (top two photos), Viola adunca, that were mostly hidden under taller grasses. I came across one beautiful specimen of Spotted Coralroot, Corallorhiza maculata (third from top), and I'm including a photo of Striped Coralroot, C. striata (that I took at Oakland Camp) for comparison. The fourth photo is of a member of the Pink, or Carnation Family. In older books it's Sticky Starwort, Stellaria jamesiana, but newer books and flower websites have it as Pseudostellaria jamesiana, and call it James's Starwort. It's been a good year for Scarlet Fritillary, so whenever I see a nice one on a hike I tend to incude it in the day's report. This one was very close to the Admissions and Records Office on the access road to the nature trail. Last, a photo of the False Solomon's Seal, Maianthemum racemosa. See Monday's post for a close-up of the flowers. Lot's of Choke Cherry blooming along the trail, and the Corn Lilies in the wet areas are looking healthy and approaching 5 feet tall. Signs of blooming should show up soon.