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.
No, not Stravinsky's. This is my rite of spring. Turning over logs, rocks, sheets of cardboard or plastic, and most any other object that might be covering some interesting wildlife - invertebrates, plants, fungi, etc. The recent rains and relative warmth have brought lots of things to life. Well, they were already alive. Let's just say they have begin their springtime activities. The boards around my yard are now covering a good variety of slugs.
Slugs are snails without shells. Fun to watch, and they move slowly enough that they are easy to photograph. Also, the grey skies allow for more accurate color rendering in photographs. These photos have not been altered at all whereas the same photos taken under bright sun would have required some editing to produce pleasing results.
I removed a big piece of black plastic from an area where i was trying to divert water runoff only to discover our tulips are well on their way to spring stature.
Also, they're all leaning toward the South where the low sun angle is providing their needed light.
This 50-pound, flat rock, year after year, is a reliable site for Earthworm viewing.
Here he is again, the early worm that gets the bird.