After a slow first five months, I'm back to blogging in earnest. In the forthcoming few months I plan to keep on tracking the blooming of wildflowers, the activities of bugs and reptiles and any other critters I'm quick enough or lucky enough to photograph, and to comment on ecological relationships. Since there is an increasing sense of ecological crisis among many people and more vigorous denial of such on the part of others, I will inevitably comment on the social and political dimensions of survival as I see them.
I am still an adjunct instructor in the English Department at Feather River College, but time permitting, I am available for hire as a nature guide in the region in and around Plumas County. A brochure describing my usual kinds of natural history adventures is in development. Email me c/o firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address and a statement of interests, and I'll send you a rough draft.
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.