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.
This is the last of four posts about my adventure in the ditch in front of Safeway last Sunday morning. I was enthralled with the large variety of plant and animal life there, not apparent at first glance. I was also impressed by various signs of human impact.
I call this one Stretch. A Thread-waisted Wasp climbing on a leaf of a young maple.
I followed this wasp's wanderings for several minutes. Wish I had a video camera.
A fly getting a meal on Yellow Sweet Clover.
Butterfly on Tansy.
A fly dining on Chicory.
Dense coating of brown algae almost hides the Water Strider and young Trout. Click on photo for a closer view.
A Skipper, close relative of Butterflies and Moths.
Who pays for returning this to the store? All of us. I'll bet this person doesn't love ditches either.