Friday, August 30, 2013
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
Sunday, August 25, 2013
So, now I have to go back in time and post photos and describe what I saw between "the journey there" and the "journey home."
Friday, August 23, 2013
Below the big green water tank there is a large patch of Tansy, and the most noticeable visitor was the relatively large Pine White butterfly, shown above and in the fourth and fifth photos from the top.
A saw a smaller butterfly, which I couldn't identify, about fifty feet away. Got a not very sharp image of it resting on a tansy, and another of it just as it took off. Maybe Hairstreak?
10:35 a.m., I'm back. The above and below images of the White Alder were chosen to show the male and female cones from last season. They are brown and dry, have done their jobs, and will fall off soon making way for a new crop. The female cones make great miniature pine cones for model railroading and other crafts projects.
First of all, no windows. No wonder students have the urge to play with electronic devices. No windows, to me, represents sensory deprivation, but to architects and pedagogues it may represent a lack of distractions. Hmph! Also, the desks are bolted to the floor in order to accommodate electrical and electronic hookups. Thus, the arrangement of the desks, chairs, podium, etc., is consistent with lecture, a pedagogy in which instructor dominates, and students face in the same direction in order to listen. The arrangement does not lend itself to collaboration. Fortunately, I have a small class, and we will sit in any configuration our imaginations allow. We will collaborate. Might have to step outside once in a while.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
I sat on the ground and ate lunch a few yards away and saw several other interesting things. Kept getting mayonnaise on my camera. Will share those photos in the morning.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
A few other attractions included what I called a "Bonsai Salsify." The main crop had grown tall and gone to seed, and were mostly flattened by foot traffic and the above-mentioned machinery. But there are always a few trying to outlast the ravages of summer, and they have developed the abilty to bloom when only a few inches tall, much like the way dandelions and daisies respond to frequent mowings. I always admire survivors.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
From top to bottom, two views of a non-native called Teasel. (There are several other spellings.) Five views of Wild Sweet Pea that comes in Pink, White, and variations. Finally, a view of Goldenrod, one of the more prolific late-summer bloomers. No more photos on the weekend. Still gearing up for fall classes I'll be teaching. Starting tomorrow I'll be on campus every day, so I do plan to chronicle happenings in natural history on my many walks up and down and around the campus.