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 email@example.com 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.
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.