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 email@example.com 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.
My story about Plant Propagation and Propaganda is still under development, but on my way to a local coffee shop at daybreak, I decided to explore the low-hanging branches of a California Black Oak in my driveway. I was delighted to find a gathering of young Oak Treehoppers which I've found in September for the past three years. I don't know if they've emerged early or if I'm just more attuned to them. I'm not gathering statistics but enjoying their presence. No adults in this morning's group. Now I'll be watching daily. Click on this photo for a closer look. Better yet, visit the Mainstreet Artist's Gallery in Quincy where you can buy my blank greeting cards with photos of this remarkable bug.