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.
While hiking through an extremely dry stretch of forest, imagining fires, I sought out the flowers that were still surviving. This gives the impression of a healthier situation than what I actually witnessed. It felt like 100 degrees at Noon. Sticks on the ground were crackly. We could smell the pine needles as the Sun drove out their last bits of resin. This was by far the driest I've seen the local forest in my 7 years here. And it's only May! Please be careful with matches. Better yet, leave them home.