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.
I left the house with my camera at 6:45 thinking of capturing some images of sunrise, but other things got my attention. First, the frost on my car windows. These images count as "activity" because I could not only see the frost forming but when I turned on the defroster I could see it evaporate. The proper term is actually sublimate since it did not melt but went directly to vapor.
As I pulled up to the coffee shop parking lot where I would normally get a good view of sunrise, a group of Ravens got my attention. Besides the three on the ground, there were several others on the nearby roof and individuals on top of several light poles, all eye-balling this same patch of pavement. There must have been some tasty morsels I couldn't see.
It was fun watching the dynamic of social contact and competition. Suddenly the one from the roof swooped down and the three originals flew away. As I approached the lone brave one he was reluctant to give ground.
I got within 6 feet when he started to run, then soon afterward took flight.
At that point, I realized I had missed the sunrise, so I went inside to look at my photos. I'm wondering if the plastic spoon in the fourth photo is what all the fuss was about.