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.
When I took a brief drive up Meadow Valley Road yesterday, I realized that my observations have been confined to the area close to Oakland Camp for a few weeks. Just a few miles in another direction brought me to different habitats and different flowers and bugs. The brightest surprise was the California Indian Pink which shone like red beacons from under some Buckbrush and Deerbrush at the side of the road. Then, near the swimming hole known locally as Lover's Leap, I saw a few patches of Tansy. I decided to stop and check them for bugs and immediately found one of my favorites, the Pacific Ambush Bug. Last summer I got a few photos of these in the process of eating various other bugs, so now that they're out, I'll be looking for opportunities for some photo drama. The fourth and fifth photos from the top are of the same bug. I first found it resting on the flowers, then decided to poke at it a bit to see if I could get some interesting angles. It immediately ran down the stem and tried to hide. Then, on the same plant, I found what looked like another species of Assassin Bug that was having an encounter with an ant. Haven't found this particular species in any of my field guides. Other flowers along the creek on this same drive were the California Goldenrod, Grand Collomia, and Blue Elderberry. Near the spring on the south side of the road, I found a few clusters of Baneberry, a member of the buttercup family. I'll post those photos with my next batch.