Nearly a month has gone by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I'm finding that teaching writing classes not only involves lots of time grading papers but also focuses my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but not focusing in the short run on material I want to post here. We'll see what develops. Let's just say, my cessation of blogging is not due to deterioration of my health. I might be back soon. It probably depends on how spring unfolds - wildflowers, lizards, interesting insects, etc., usually fire me up and prompt me to keep my camera batteries charged.
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.
My plan was to walk fast for health and not make it a photography trip. But, I brought along the camera just in case. Sure enough, I hadn't got 50 feet beyond my driveway when I was captivated by my neighbor's Juniper tree. The berries turn quite blue as they age, and this one was in fine form.
I managed to walk about two more blocks before I came across a nice California Black Oak near the museum. The acorn cups seemed to be begging to be treated artistically. So, I practiced composition, all the while wondering if placing a rectangular border around a piece of nature is art.
This cluster of five is my favorite. I could have spent another hour by this tree, but the walk was for health, so I got going again.
I met a friend who wanted to walk fast, so we did. For another hundred yards, that is. Then I saw this Evening Grosbeak land in some willows by Boyle Creek. I didn't have my long lens with me, but I managed to get pretty close without scaring him away. A sign of spring? I did manage to walk home at a high rate of speed, thus accomplishing my original purpose.