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.
For the previous post I numbered the photos one through twelve, then discovered that number two did not post. Here it is. About a half mile south of the spot where I photographed Lassen Peak I spotted this great Osprey nest on top of a California Incense Cedar. Most of the trees along this stretch seem to be around 200 feet tall. How did I spot this nest? By not looking at the road as carefully as I should. In spring, when I get more daily practice, I usually drive right on by a sighting like this until I find a safe place to turn around, then come back and park only in a safe place and walk to a good place to take the photos. Honest! Now, you do the same. I don't know my bird nests really well, but I'm guessing this one's Osprey because of the location and the fact that I've seen Osprey in this area. I've seen Bald Eagles on the other end of the lake, but never here. I would imagine that residents and Audubon Society regulars know this nest and its residents like neighbors.