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.
Perhaps another case of ASD (Attention Surplus Disorder), I was sorting my Butterfly Valley photos and trying to make sense of a couple of garden plants sighted in downtown Quincy (see previous post), when a cute green bug walked across my notepad. I grabbed a handy marker and let the bug crawl up on it for a photo. As it kept trying to get to the backside to hide I kept taking photos while rotating the marker, hoping at least one would be sharp. When I checked the photos on my monitor, this one is the only one that was sharp. I enjoyed the irony of the fact that the label on the marker is a lie. The odor was quite apparent, and undoubtedly not healthy. I wondered if it was supposed to act like some air fresheners which actually deaden your sense of smell rather than actually neutralize the odors. To me, that is a horrendous fraud and intrusion. In any case, the label applied more accurately to the bug. It had no apparent odor at all.