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.
Yesterday I saw my first Monarch Butterfly caterpillar of the season, and, judging from the status of blooming Showy Milkweeds in the area, I suspected a lot of butterfly activity was about to happen. I hiked out toward Gilson Creek, downstream from Oakland Camp, to an area where I've seen lots of Monarch Butterflies in past summers. Sure enough, they were flying around like crazy, often in swirling pairs, and I seldom got a chance for a close-up photo. Then I stumbled across a caterpillar on a milkweed that has a pretty good herd of aphids among other guests. The top three photos are views of this caterpillar. Click on the first one for a better view of the aphids. The fourth photo was the closest I got to a good shot of an adult. In this same area there were also lots of Narrow-leaf Milkweed and Purple Milkweed. The bottom photo here is of a pod of Purple Milkweed with a Red Milkweed Bug in residence. The Narrow-leaf Milkweeds had quite a variety of insect visitors and I'll save those photos for another post.