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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Did you know there are trout in the "ditch" than runs in front of Safeway? The weed eaters attacked the side of the creek these past few days, so that means less shade and warming water. The trout may retreat to Spanish Creek, or hang on a while longer. One of my favorite weed photography sites is now off my schedule. But, there's hope. There are just too many roadsides and the weeds are smarter than humans. They'll be back. The California Poppy, Eschscholzia californica, is abundantly blooming these days, and, in case they get mowed, their portraits are on some of the road signs. The Ox-eye Daisy, also known as the Shasta Daisy ( a case of local pride - it's actually a native of Europe), Chrysanthemum leucanthemum, is blooming on the roadsides and in the open fields, and is attracting a variety of butterflies and beetles. The Star Tulip, Calochortus nudus, is one of many species of Mariposa Lilies found in the Sierra. I photographed these in Boyle Ravine. The Yellow Salsify, Tragopogon dubius, is starting to bloom here and there and it attracts aphids (usually only on the stems) and the species of ants that "herd" them like little cows so they can feed of the "juices" they emit without disturbing the beauty of the flowers. Finally, two of the many colors of Bachelors Buttons, Centaurea cyanus, another European native that is well-naturalized here, have been growing on the roadsides, succumbing to the weed eaters and herbicides, and bouncing back, just like their close cousins, the Star Thistle. I photographed these along the highway in East Quincy, just in a nick of time. Besides growing wild, they are widely cultivated and make for great multicolored displays that are long-lasting. My next post will be about a recent excursion to Snake Lake and my experience with the Annular Eclipse Sunday night. Somehow, the two events are connected in my devious mind.