Nearly a month has gone by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I'm finding that teaching writing classes not only involves lots of time grading papers but also focuses my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but not focusing in the short run on material I want to post here. We'll see what develops. Let's just say, my cessation of blogging is not due to deterioration of my health. I might be back soon. It probably depends on how spring unfolds - wildflowers, lizards, interesting insects, etc., usually fire me up and prompt me to keep my camera batteries charged.
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.
I titled this photo "Proud Mama." She's the big one on the left. The nymphs, of which there were several dozen extending far to the right of the edge of this photo, remind me of little wind-up toys. They'll probably be gathered on the oaks in my driveway for a few weeks, and I never tire of watching and photographing them. Click on the photo for a closer look. I've read that they rarely if ever harm the trees, and on my oaks there are only a couple of small clusters out at the branch tips. They're much harder to spot than you might think from viewing this photo. They're mostly about 14" long except the adults that may be slightly over 1/2". They seem reluctant to fly, although they can. In the coming days I'll probably pester them a bit to at least get them to spread their wings for a different view.