Nearly a month went by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I found that teaching writing classes not only involved lots of time grading papers but also focused my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but was not focusing in the short run on material I wanted to post here. Finally, in the month of July, I managed to resume my average of one post per day for the month. I plan to surpass that volume from here on out. What I post here, combined with my daily writing in journals, is mostly fine-tuning what I hope to publish in a memoir about my experiences in education as student, parent, teacher, supporter and critic.
Meanwhile, I am still available for guiding local nature hikes. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about rates and parameters of time, distance, and personal needs regarding matters of health and fitness.
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.
Lest any of my readers think I've lowered my standards, I want to mention the above photo is not a studio shot. It was taken in my front yard. The sun was shining on the globe of seeds of Yellow Salsify and the shed in the background was in the shade, so the contrast allowed the background to be black. The Yellow Salsify, Tragopogon dubius, are blooming all around the Quincy area at this time, and I never tire of looking at them. Soon, many of them will be hosting colonies of aphids that will be "herded" by little brown ants. I'll have more to say about that intriguing ecosystem when it happens.
Meanwhile, when the Yellow Salsify blooms in Quincy, I'm reminded of the Purple Salsify that blooms in the coastal counties where I lived before. The photo below was taken in Leggett.
Both species are also known as Oyster Plant and Goatsbeard. The roots are edible, although I've never tried them.
Quite a few species of flowers are blooming along the 5 trails leading out of Oakland Camp that I explore every week during the summer. Tomorrow I'll begin posting the showiest ones.