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.
I took a morning drive up Slate Creek Road to Deane's Valley, then returned to Meadow Valley, crossing Meadow Valley Creek at one of my favorite wildflower spots. Despite seeing some good color, m favorite photo from the trip is one I call "Alluvial Sprouts." I stopped by a little creek that had nearly dried up, and a cute row of embryonic leaves of some flowering plant had popped up out of the fresh layer of mud left behind by the creek. If stop by a week from now, the definitive adult leaves of the plant should have emerged and I might be able to identify it. If not, I'll wait for the flowers. That is, if the deer don't graze here first. Near this spot, I saw one nice patch of Spreading Phlox. Here and there along the entire trip I saw freshly bloomed Mahala Mat. Between the Slate Creek Crossing and Deane's Valley I several interesting plants including the two species of yellow violets pictured here. I believe the first one is Douglas's Violet, Viola douglasii, and the second I think is Wood Violet, Viola lobata. I'm taking a big chance here, because the many species of yellow violets confuse me. The third photo from the top was taken by a little tributary of Meadow Valley Creek where I saw the greatest concentration of Henderson's Shooting Star, Dodecatheon hendersonii, I've ever seen. The blossoms are past their prime, so hurry on up there if you want to see them. They're lining a little creek just past the bridge over Meadow Valley Creek, driving south. Right hand side. Can't miss 'em.