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 probably taken over a hundred photos of the Scarlet Fritillary over the past couple of weeks. Add this to my previous years' totals and the number is probably over 500. I got one of them into a European horticultural journal. They actually found me; I wasn't looking for them. Sometimes I wonder what I'm trying to accomplish - pursuit of the perfect photo? I don't think so. It's actually, the feeling is more akin to eating popcorn or potato chips. Once you start, it's just hard to stop.
These two were photographed along West Ranch Road near an old, rusty pickup truck. The site was pointed out to me by fellow wildflower lover Jay Wright.