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 was driving along the road to Meadow Valley, west of Quincy, this morning and saw many patches of Indian Paintbrush along the way. Their red color looks to me a little toward the orange part of the spectrum. Then I spotted one bit of bright red among them. I figured it was either a mutant or a different flower. I remembered having spotted California Indian Pink in this area in summers past, so I thought I'd find a safe place to turn off then go back for a closer look. Sure enough there was just one specimen (above) of the Indian Pink among all the Paintbrushes. And a healthy beauty it was.
I wandered around the area a bit and found several other species blooming including my first Showy Milkweed of the season. I'll post more of today's findings a bit later. According to a weather site I follow, it reached 106 degrees in Quincy this afternoon, so I'm feeling pretty lethargic.