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.
FOr the first time this season, I took a hike out past Oakland Camp to Gilson Creek. There's a little slope between the dirt road to the creek and the railroad track where I usually find Blue-eyed Mary around this time. But, the slope was so dry, there were hardly any flowers at all. But, growing out of the creek as usual there were a few Indian Rhubarb blooming. Click on the photo for a closer view and you will see a Goldenrod Crab Spider devouring some kind of bee or wasp. If that were the only photo I got, I would have been satisfied. But, there's more. I select the best and make another post in a short while.