Nearly a month has gone by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I'm finding that teaching writing classes not only involves lots of time grading papers but also focuses my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but not focusing in the short run on material I want to post here. We'll see what develops. Let's just say, my cessation of blogging is not due to deterioration of my health. I might be back soon. It probably depends on how spring unfolds - wildflowers, lizards, interesting insects, etc., usually fire me up and prompt me to keep my camera batteries charged.
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.
The California Ladybird Beetle, Coccinella californica, made an appearance near the water tank in Boyle Ravine. This one is much shyer than most other ladybugs I've seen. When I approached with my camera, it kept trying to hide beneath leaves. These two represent my best shots out of more than a dozen. I wondered if they've been subject to some bird predators recently. The Convergent Ladybird Beetle and others I've photographed often seem oblivious to my presence and are much easier to photograph.