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.
The big green water tank in Boyle Ravine is one of my favorite places to find interesting bugs and flowers. The afternoon sun heats up the thick green paint, and there is usually water around the base from slow leaks. The combination of available heat and moisture seems appealing to lots of insects. In this case, three poses of a spider plus one crane fly. Along the trail to the water tank I found many webs of Funnel Web Spiders. They're quite shy, and when I occasionally spotted a spider out in the open, it quickly disappeared into its funnel before I could take a photo. Next time I should bring a telephoto lens on this walk. Last, my wife spotted this nice little paper wasp nest on the trail. It's only about 2 inches in diameter, so it was probably under construction when it landed in the road from an unknown cause.