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.
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.