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.
...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.