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.
We explored the forests around Smith Lake and Snake Lake, a few miles west of Quincy, in search of sugar pine cones for gifts. We only found rotting ones that had spent the winter on the ground, but this year's crop of green ones still on the trees was impressive. We'll have to go back when they start to fall in another couple of months. So, we came home empty-handed except for photos and thirst. It reached 109 degrees today in Quincy according to the NWS. This bright red dragonfly was an exciting find. Later I'll post a few Smith Lake Scenes. Hot as it was, the lush vegetation and croaking frogs made the trip enjoyable for me. That lake always makes me think of age of dinosaurs, or movies like The Creature from the Black Lagoon.