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.
It felt like a desert by Noon. Walking the power line just north of FRC on the road to Snake Lake, we were impressed by the hard-packed soil and the lack of vegetation other than Manzanita and various dead stems still standing after the early spring blooms. Then a lizard dashed by and came to rest in the shade of a Manzanita (above). It was rather brown, so I wondered if it might be a Sagebrush Lizard, Sceloporus graciosus, rather than the more common (around here) Fence Lizard (AKA, Blue Belly), Sceloporus occidentalis. As I approached the resting lizard, I took my first shot while still 3 feet away. I slowly moved closer and kept clicking (below), and he didn't move.
Finally, I took my last shot (below) from less than a foot away! He still didn't move! Apparently, he knew my camera was harmless. As soon as I reached one hand slowly forward, he took off. So, I'll never know which lizard I saw unless I can see enough details on a big screen to identify it. This is all the evidence I have. He's pretty plump, so apparently there's no lack of appropriate food in this area - probably mostly ants and termites living under pine bark.
Click on any of these photos for a closer view, and maybe you could wager a guess as to which lizard it is. Post your guess in the "comments." Sorry, no prizes offered today.