Nearly a month went by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I found that teaching writing classes not only involved lots of time grading papers but also focused my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but was not focusing in the short run on material I wanted to post here. Finally, in the month of July, I managed to resume my average of one post per day for the month. I plan to surpass that volume from here on out. What I post here, combined with my daily writing in journals, is mostly fine-tuning what I hope to publish in a memoir about my experiences in education as student, parent, teacher, supporter and critic.
Meanwhile, I am still available for guiding local nature hikes. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about rates and parameters of time, distance, and personal needs regarding matters of health and fitness.
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.
On yesterday's cold weather photo trip, we parked in front of the same small tree where I've photographed the Red-breasted Sapsucker during the summer and followed the progression of leaf buds in spring through full foliage in summer to leaves falling in the fall. This time the fruit stood out against a cold blue sky and there was just one persistent leaf remaining on the tree. The snow from recent storms has mostly melted away in this particular spot, and it was a pleasant surprise...
...to find a blooming dandelion that survived it all.
A few yards away where we took lots of photos in the vicinity of the FRC fish hatchery ponds, I found this bold Iris surviving the snow and giving off enough heat to melt a small zone around itself, a kind of miniature version of the huge ones we see around the trunks of large Red Firs up at the 6,000 foot level on the surrounding mountains.