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.
We hiked from the North end of Oakland Camp to Gilson Creek and beyond and saw lots of flowers somewhat disguised amongst the very dry underbrush. In years like this one must look more intensely to find the color, but there is still plenty there. The top photo is of some species of Dwarf Penstemon, only about 6" tall and in full flower.
This Western Dog Violet is blooming profusely around the Feather River College campus and to a lesser extent in the vicinity of Berry Creek by Oakland Camp.
The Sulfur-flowered Pea blends in really well with the dry surroundings. Once you s[ot your first one, though, you start seeing them everywhere.
The Pacific Star Flower, a delicate beauty, growing mostly in the shade near creeks.
The first Cinquefoil I've seen this year. Very nice ones blooming right next to the dirt road, and a few were not covered with dust!
Several different species of Arnica are now blooming in this area.