I am available to lead individuals and small groups on natural history hikes in Plumas and adjacent counties. I have been exploring the northern Sierra for many years and am familiar with the flora and fauna, ecological relationships, and means of identifying plants and animals. I have also taught nature journaling and am willing to organize explorations with a focus on journaling. Prefer initial queries to be via email at email@example.com. In addition, I will be teaching a one-week intensive nature journaling workshop at the Feather River Art Camp (Held at Oakland Feather River Camp near Quincy) in June, 2013. Type Feather River Art Camp into any browser for details.
I have been teaching since 1965 and have recently started a writing/art/photography "career" via my own publishing company, Black Oak Publishing. I love where I live in the northern Sierra of California.
I posted a photo of this same little daisy two weeks ago and hoped it would last until Fall which began on the 22nd. Well, it's still here and now has a companion bloom, but is still only 6" tall! It's showing the same spirit I'm trying to maintain, think of the season in terms of beginnings, not endings. By not mowing the lawn, I'm encouraging all sorts of activities that inspire my photos and writing.
The Yellow Wood Sorrel are making another appearance following a couple of days of brief watering. The grass is still mostly brown, but evidently there were lots of other kinds of seeds waiting for such a moment. Today I have a half dozen new blooms of Sorrel, several blooming Field Clover, and the Ox-eye Daisies are hanging in there and still hosting interesting bugs. That the Dandelions are making a fierce stand almost goes without saying.
More hot days forecast, so more photo and sketching fun ahead, then snow. Last year the first snow in our yard fell October 5. Hmmmm....