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.
Getting ready for a day of wandering along the Mendocino Count coast. Here are a few photos from yesterday's sampler, a brief visit to Pt. Arena. The seagulls on the wharf are definitely used to people. This shot was from 6 feet away with a standard lens. The row of seaweed where the waves break is home to all sorts of interesting critters. When you pick up a handful, you're greeted by thousands of frantically hopping amphipods, locally called sand fleas. The flower that has impressed me most in this area is the Gumplant. That's because it's one of my favorites back home in Plumas County, but also because it looks startlingly different here. Hugs the ground and has much larger flowers. These are around 3" across as compared to 1" or less around Quincy. Also, the ones around Quincy grow 2 to 4 feet tall. Many more photos and stories to share from this brief visit to the coast, but today is for more exploring. Will do serious catch-up blogging when we get home.
Meanwhile, here's one from my last day in Quincy, the beautiful calyx of a wild dandelion.