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.
For reasons unknown, I woke up this morning thinking of spiders. Probably the tail end of dreams. I feel fortunate that my dreams and thoughts of spiders are pleasant. The Goldenrod Crab Spider in both of these photos is one of the most beautiful spiders I've ever seen. It comes in yellow and white phases and can change from one color to the other, although quite slowly - several days. They may or may not have the red 'racing stripes.' The above photo is of a capture on a daisy in my front lawn, probably in August when this scenario was an almost daily occurrence.
This scene was photographed in the Butterfly Valley Botanical Area, a protected square mile within the Plumas National Forest around 10 miles north of Quincy. The area is best known for its carnivorous plants, but is also known for incredible botanical diversity, over 300 species IDd here I believe. Maybe my spider dreams were a premonition because during my two hours of working in my firewood pile today I saw lots of spiders. Nice to have the company.