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.
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.