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.
I was getting too sleepy to post Part 3 of yesterday's Gilson Creek hike and begin to post today's Tollgate Creek adventure when my son Greg sent me these two photos from the FRC campus. At home in downtown Quincy I just got a couple of hail stones and some thunder with barely a sprinkle. We did experience a sudden drop in temperature, and the clouds made it seem much later than usual.
I've never seen hail of such varied sizes in a single storm. There must be complicated things going on in the atmosphere. I can hardly wait to check out the status of the three creeks where I hike at Oakland Camp. If Mt. Hough got significant rain, then all three creeks should rise. That's Berry Creek, Tollgate Creek, and Gilson Creek. And the net effect should cause a noticeable rise in Spanish Creek. I hope this brief storm will extend the season for wildflowers and their pollinators.