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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Compare these to last Saturday's post and you'll see that the winter is getting whiter. My trash cans are in the shade, relatively speaking, so they are a good place to keep track of snow fall. These were taken around 6:45 a.m. It warmed up quite a bit during the day, at least into the high 30s, so there were a few signs of life - other than evergreens which show signs of life year 'round. Heard a couple of Chorus Frog croaks and saw a few birds, mostly ravens and juncos.
I'd say we have 18" on the ground. In this shady spot where I live, that means there should be snow on the ground at least until April no matter what kind of winter we have. If I suffer withdrawal symptoms from the lack of bug photography, I'll need to head down to the Sacramento Valley.