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.
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.