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.
Here are the beauties I mentioned yesterday. They're still where I found them even though there's aggressive mowing going on all around. These are in the Saxifrage family and are most often found growing in rocky crevices, hence the name "litho-." [See below] This is the same family as the Indian Rhubarb or Umbrella Plant, and they're often found growing together. However, these were growing in grass under a patch of willows. Probably thin, rocky soil.
They have five petals, each divided into three lobes. Very star-like. Botanically, the Woodland Star is known as Lithophragma parviflorum. There are many other species in the West. AS if the Latin name weren't enough of a mouthful, I came across a plant physiology article on this plant and it mentioned a protein called phosphoeuolpyruvate carboxykinase. I think Woodland Star will do.