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 spotted some Filaree along Lee Road in a place that a few months from now I'll be calling my "milkweed place" because it's where I've been I've been watching the Showy Milkweed and its insect and spider visitors go through their annual life cycles for several years.
When I see the first tiny flowers blooming, I usually crawl around on my hands and knees and find the sprouts of many species that are only a week or two behind the first ones to bloom. In this case,
one of the Filaree's neighbors was the Cinquefoil whose leaves resemble those of marijuana. This member of the rose family with get two to three feet tall and sport yellow flowers that superficially resemble those of buttercups. On another small adventure today I hiked up a pole line off the Snake Lake road in search of other early blooms. I didn't find anything blooming, but the manzanitas were close. I did see the early foliage of quite a few species of wildflowers that will bloom soon. I also saw some interesting insects. Will post photos and description of those findings in the morning. With a break in the rain and some long distance views of the mountains, I suddenly got the urge to pay my first visit to Table Mountain. The blooming is underway already and I don't want to miss the show this year.