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.
Here are eight photos from dry places. According to today's news (from many sources) 2012 was the hottest year in the USA on record by a full degree over the previous record which was in 1998. To go along with that news, the January, 2013, issue of Harper's reports in its 'Harper's Index' that 98% of Canadians believe in Global Warming, 70% of Americans do, and 48% of Republicans do. Appalling.
The dead animals in these photos didn't necessarily die of dehydration, but I've staged this set to show what extreme drought might look like. There were extreme droughts in parts of the USA this past year. Instead of putting lots of research energy and money into prevention, we think of technological 'cures' like cloud seeding, building bigger dams, drilling deeper wells, etc., piling stupidity on top of stupidity. Sometimes I get very angry about stupidity, especially when I think about a generation or two into the future when children might not be able to know what a healthy Earth looks like, and therefore, not be able to work toward such a result.
Do something to reduce your ecological footprint. Walk more! Change your diet. Use a rake instead of a leaf blower. It would take more than a book to list all the easy ways to improve on our habits.