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.
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.