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 noticed the first few Forsythia blooms on the Feather River College campus over a week ago. Today, on my way to a short hike in the woods, I decided to grab a few photos of these bright beauties in the olive family. I might shoot a few more tomorrow and propose one for the cover of next spring's catalog.
Around the bases of some of the large Black Oaks on campus, the Henbit Dead Nettle are breaking ground. No blooms yet, but their tiny serrated leaves are distinctive.
When I returned to the PG&E pole line just north of campus, I noticed right away a great deal more insect and spider activity than in days past. This nice Wolf Spider must have still been cool from the night before because when I removed the piece of bark covering it, it stayed for several photos before seeking cover again.
This Bumblebee was sitting in the middle of the dirt path and made no attempt to escape until I poked it a few times. Maybe it was still too cold to fly.
The prize of the day was this young Rubber Boa. I found it under an old piece of plywood. I picked it up and tried to photograph it one-handed without good results, but it was very gentle, and when I put it down it simply tried to hide its head. I'd guess it was around 14"long. I'll be checking under that piece of plywood every time I walk by.