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've found Henderson's Shooting Star blooming on top of a hill overlooking Quincy, south-facing of course. Soon larger and fleshier ones will be blooming in the shadier and moister areas. Their early leaves are looking promising/
Some small Death Camus are blooming in the same area as the Shooting Star. Something has obviously munching on there. I assume they're either immune or dead. Found no evidence.
I finally found one fairly healthy-looking cluster of Manzanita blossoms. Most of the ones in this particular area look pretty drought stressed.