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.
Snow is falling, so I knew this scene wouldn't last long. Again, my front 'lawn' puts on a show. To those who manicure their lawns, use herbicides to eliminate weeds, and use huge amounts of water to keep the grass looking almost as good as Astroturf(r), it appears that I don't care about my lawn. Lots of so-called weeds, Daisies (but I repeat myself), Dandelions, Sorrel, and a wide variety of insect and spider visitors. By not caring about the judgement of my neighbors nor the standard aesthetics that apply to lawns, I am showing a great deal of caring about all those plants, fungi and creatures that would otherwise have to find other places to live. Selfishly, I'm also caring about my own enjoyment of communing with a small-scale wilderness.
These two clusters of mushroom caps were about two feet apart and are no doubt connected beneath the surface. In other words, we're looking at one organism. When I come in close with my camera, they stand out against the background, but, in reality, they almost went unnoticed. Glad I got a peek before 'real winter' arrives. Of course, if serious snow doesn't come, this scene could be repeated many more times.