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 email@example.com 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 Showy Milkweeds, Asclepias speciosa, are budding everywhere I look, and a few are in the very pink stage, as in the top photo, just prior to blooming. It's entirely possible they're already blooming in a sunny spot somehwere in the county (as in the 2nd photo), but they definitely will be around Quincy within the next week. The Narrowleaf Milkweed, A. fascicularis, is also budding everywhere I've seen it, with some turning pink, and will soon look like the 3rd photo, although not always accompanied by a handsome beetle. The Purple Milkweeds, A. cordifolia, have pretty much quite blooming and are on the verge of forming their seed pods, although at higher elevations there might still be some blooms. The last photo is of Mountain Jewelweed, a member of the Mustard family. It has nothing to do with the milkweeds, but it is exceptionally beautiful and I am finding them blooming along Boyle Creek up in the ravine and on the several tributaries of Spanish Creek around Oakland Camp. Click on any of these for a closer look at the details. Flower architecture is amazing.