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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
...and you might find Grape Hyacinth. Genus Muscari. This is a fascinating plant that has become naturalized. It has a fascinating taxonomic history, long a member of the Liliaceae but now placed in the Asparagaceae. What fascinates me is finding it in what appear to be wild areas of a forest, but usually always a symptom of an earlier human habitation. When I find Grape Hyacinth in the forest, I usually always find old bottles and rusty tool nearby. The ones pictured here are blooming in the tulip bed in our yard. I'd guess they were purchased at a nursery and planted here by a previous owner. I've found them along the Keddie Cascades Trail. Start with the Wikipedia article on Muscari if you want to dig into their fascinating history - going back to Linnaeus.