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.
I actually taught my last class of the semester yesterday, so I had the luxury of walking up the main pathway to my office without a deadline. I lingered by the drainage ditch in front of my parked car. The ground cover of Lemmon's Wild Ginger is very attractive, a lush green despite the signs of severe drought all around. It's all the more exciting when you know what's hiding underneath. If you click on the above photo for a closer view, you may see a hint of it.
When I spotted a little bit of pink in the darkness between leaves, I parted a few leaves and came in closer with my camera.
And closer. Virtually every plant had one or two flowers blooming at its base. I find this a very attractive flower, and the contrast of its various shades of pink with the shiny green leaves is beautiful.
The hairy stems add to the drama. This last photo (below) is what distracted me in the first place.
I could see a patch of Corn Lilies from my driver's seat, and was excited to see how much they had grown since I last paid attention a couple of weeks ago. But, on my way toward them, I got side-tracked by all the Wild Ginger in the other photos. As I made my way up the path toward my office, I photographed another dozen or so species of blooming flowers and some birds. I'll report on those tomorrow.