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.
Got home from a day trip to Reno around 7:00 p.m. and immediately ran over to check on my spider. Lo and behold, she was not on the clover. Felt sad for a moment, then noticed she was not on the nearest daisy that had not yet opened. Then, in other direction, only a foot away, there she was with a new meal in her grasp.
In the above photo, you can barely make out the Red Clover in the upper right hand corner.
This last photo gives a better angle of the action. Bee and spider were absolutely still when I arrived, but a slow draining of bodily fluids is probably taking place. An exciting end to a busy day of errands in the city. Glad to be home.