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.
Stopped by the patch of Narrow-leaf Milkweeds for the fourth day in a row. Always something different going on. Top photo shows Checkered Clerid beetles mating and a couple of butterflies. The next two photos are repeats. The cluster of aphids was impressive, and I've learned that the little white beads on the ends of stalks are actually the eggs of Green Lacewings. Their larvae eat aphids. Not too surprising considering their location. While I was researching these on the internet, my friend, fellow naturalist Rex Burress sent me the low down. I think he's seen everything that can be seen around Oakland Camp. I often refer to a species list compiled by him and his predecessor Paul Covel. I hope to add to it one of these days and update the camp's nature guide. The bottom photo is a particularly dramatic view of the antennae of that butterfly that is so common on the milkweeds these days. Haven't identified it yet. Rex?