Nearly a month went by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I found that teaching writing classes not only involved lots of time grading papers but also focused my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but was not focusing in the short run on material I wanted to post here. Finally, in the month of July, I managed to resume my average of one post per day for the month. I plan to surpass that volume from here on out. What I post here, combined with my daily writing in journals, is mostly fine-tuning what I hope to publish in a memoir about my experiences in education as student, parent, teacher, supporter and critic.
Meanwhile, I am still available for guiding local nature hikes. Contact me at email@example.com to inquire about rates and parameters of time, distance, and personal needs regarding matters of health and fitness.
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.
While most of our area is still experiencing the standard drying out of late summer, a few shady, damp spots are where I visit often to keep track of Fall developments. Light rains, or morning dew, provide sufficient moisture to launch a series of beautiful fungi. On my way to the spot where I am keeping track of Orange Peel Fungi (below), I spotted a patch of blooming Burr Clover (above). This was a reminder that most wildflowers that are still blooming at this time of year are yellow. I don't know if that's really true, or if I'm just subject to selective observation. At any rate, these little yellow blossoms planted the idea in my mind of doing a more directed search for blooms, maybe tomorrow, and see if what I find are mostly or entirely yellow.
I've been watching the Orange Peel Fungi for over a week and keeping track of their growth by using a penny for scale. A penny is about 19 mm in diameter, so that makes the fungus about 34 mm across at its longest dimension, or penny at 3/4" and fungus at a little over 1 1/4 ". You can follow the growth rate by scrolling back to last week's first photos of this fungus. I'm going to keep track of it as long as it lasts.
Right next to the fungus is a latch of grass that is always laden with dew in the morning, and due to the shade, often stays wet all day. An ideal place for fungi to thrive.
I first photographed this little pair of fungi (above) last week when they were tiny, perhaps 1/8" across.
The Amanita, growing in a similar habitat by a neighboring building, was once round and looked like a classic cartoon mushroom or toadstool. This is a slightly sunnier area, and perhaps the Amanita has a different programmed season, but it is clearly fading. Click on any of these photos for closer views.