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.
Or William Bartram might have taken a year. That is, to cover around 600 miles of California byways. I took one day. It was exciting to attend my son's Senior Concert at HSU where he is a graduating music major. But, I had to make the round trip in one day. Since I brought my camera and notebooks, I was determined to enjoy some roadside exploring along the way, and that necessitated driving through the night in order to get back in time to teach a class on Monday. I'll report on the flowers and animals I saw in three or four posts of which this is number 1. For this evening, dear readers, enjoy the photos. I'm too tired to post the narrative. I'll just say this first set were taken at my first stop in the middle of the Feather River Canyon. There were a couple of other "hot spots" that I'll cover in part 2, and then there was the stretch on Hwy 299 from Redding to Arcata where I saw plants and animals I hadn't seen in over a year. A very enjoyable trip, especially the concert, but the whole time I was longing for the day when I could take a month or two to cover the same stretch. Maybe this summer. When I'm rested, I'll post photo IDs and nature notes.