Nearly a month went by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I found that teaching writing classes not only involved lots of time grading papers but also focused my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but was not focusing in the short run on material I wanted to post here. Finally, in the month of July, I managed to resume my average of one post per day for the month. I plan to surpass that volume from here on out. What I post here, combined with my daily writing in journals, is mostly fine-tuning what I hope to publish in a memoir about my experiences in education as student, parent, teacher, supporter and critic.
Meanwhile, I am still available for guiding local nature hikes. Contact me at email@example.com to inquire about rates and parameters of time, distance, and personal needs regarding matters of health and fitness.
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.
A couple of weeks ago I had over 50 Daisies blooming in my front lawn. Today, all that's left is this small patch. AS the food supply diminishes, certain bugs are gathering for their last meals before winter. As I came closer I saw three bugs on one daisy. They looked like siblings. The Daisy was about ready to dry up, but there must have been a little edible tissue remaining. As I watched,
a fourth bug emerged. Probably the same species, but maybe an adult, or a different gender. Much fancier coloration. Click for a closer view
In the flower patch along our fence, there are just a few remaining flowers blooming, and a purple cluster got my attention. The bees were very wary and they took off as soon as I approached. As I was contemplating the slightly cooler weather and the cloud cover, I thought about my unfinished gathering of firewood. Also, wanted to compare to last fall, so I checked last year's blog. Turns out it snowed on October 5! It melted quickly, though, and the treehoppers on the oaks in my driveway hung around in good numbers for at least another two weeks.
This year, though, the Treehoppers are about gone. Today I could only find this one (below), and all the brightly colored nymphs I photographed last week are nowhere to be seen. I thought we'd get some rain today, but we didn't. There's a great air of anticipation around our house. We don't have all our firewood yet, and we haven't yet fired up our new wood stove. We're trying to prepare good shelter for our pets, and on our frequent breaks from fall chores we 're enjoying watching the plants and bugs prepare for winter.