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.
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.