After a slow first five months, I'm back to blogging in earnest. In the forthcoming few months I plan to keep on tracking the blooming of wildflowers, the activities of bugs and reptiles and any other critters I'm quick enough or lucky enough to photograph, and to comment on ecological relationships. Since there is an increasing sense of ecological crisis among many people and more vigorous denial of such on the part of others, I will inevitably comment on the social and political dimensions of survival as I see them.
I am still an adjunct instructor in the English Department at Feather River College, but time permitting, I am available for hire as a nature guide in the region in and around Plumas County. A brochure describing my usual kinds of natural history adventures is in development. Email me c/o firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address and a statement of interests, and I'll send you a rough draft.
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.