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 email@example.com 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.
The emergence of young Horsetails, Equisetum sp., at the edge of a drainage ditch I pass every day on the walk up to my office, inspired me greatly. The tips of the branches were tipped with dew drops. (Click to enlarge and get a better look at the dew.) My serious, aesthetic response was trumped by a silly response - the phrase Dew Drop Inn popped into my mind. I got to thinking about variations on the phrase that have been used to name businesses, and I couldn't stop. I surfed the Internet for a while and found "Dew Drop Inn," "Dew Drop In," "Do Drop Inn," and "Do Drop In."
All of them were bed and breakfast operations or bars. So, here I am sharing my distraction. Maybe it was all a symptom of having so much work to do today that there was no time for a genuine nature walk.
Since I am now officially on Spring Break, I am going to take a hike with camera and notebook at least every other day until school resumes. Following the recent rains we're having warm days, and I'm seeing the young leaves of many different wildflowers that should be blooming really soon. Stay tuned.