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.
When I look at this photo as a candidate for hanging in an art gallery, I can't decide what to title it. There's a tendency to think of it as a tossup between the Cinquefoil (flower on the right) and the Ladybug, AKA Ladybird Beetle. It was only when I put it on my computer monitor that I discovered the aphid, probably about to become a meal for the Ladybug. Now I think an appropriate title might be "Food Chain." Or, if I wanted to wax philosophical, maybe call it "The Great Chain of Being" although that title has been taken. I include the photographer, me, as a link in the chain.
Earlier I promised to continue with the them Beetlemania, so this is a start on a new family of beetles.