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.
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.