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.
On Friday afternoon, when I stopped to take care of my friend's cat, I couldn't help but inspect the ditch along the roadside and reminisce. Even though nearly all plant life was now brown, except for the Red Field Clover (above) that was very close to the water, when I walk along the ditch I remember the series of wildflowers and visiting bugs I photographed there from late March through October. The dewdrops made these particular clover leaves special.
The front yard of the house has a great growth of Snow Berries, and I never tire of trying to get the ultimate close-up.
After feeding and watering the cat, I got the urge to drive the loop - Highway 70 North to Chandler Road then back on Quincy Junction Road. I got distracted listening to the car radio, but I did manage to stop near my friend Mike's old place to see if any Showy Milkweeds were still standing.
Just one plant still standing tall. It has shed its seeds for the season, but these empty pods still look elegant to me. I think I've squeezed all the summer memories I can out of my fall photography, so now I'm moving on to some indoor projects. I'll still be on the lookout for winter phenomena of interest, but the subject matter of my blog will be shifting toward winter projects.