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.
One of my favorite images from yesterday's walk around FRC is of the Watercress. This was in a 50-foot long strip of lush greenery along the south-facing side of one of the hatchery buildings. The creek that flows by has been confined to a cement channel, and I suspect the building absorbs a lot of solar energy creating a kind of windowless greenhouse. Watercress is in the mustard family, Brassicaceae, along with cabbage, broccoli, and other edibles. The scientific name is Nasturtium officinale. There are several other species of Nasturtium in the USA, but the garden nasturtium with its bright yellow and orange flowers is not one of them. In fact, that nasturtium isn't even in the same family. It's Tropaeolum majus. More warm (relatively) weather ahead, so maybe we'll be seeing some crocuses and other early birds among the spring wildflowers soon.