Nearly a month went by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I found that teaching writing classes not only involved lots of time grading papers but also focused my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but was not focusing in the short run on material I wanted to post here. Finally, in the month of July, I managed to resume my average of one post per day for the month. I plan to surpass that volume from here on out. What I post here, combined with my daily writing in journals, is mostly fine-tuning what I hope to publish in a memoir about my experiences in education as student, parent, teacher, supporter and critic.
Meanwhile, I am still available for guiding local nature hikes. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about rates and parameters of time, distance, and personal needs regarding matters of health and fitness.
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.
Ox-eye Daisies by Spanish Creek, just downstream from Oakland Camp. These play host to a great variety of beautiful insects and spiders as you'll be seeing over the next month or two.
The Sticky Cinquefoil is home to a couple of Spittle Bugs. More on the natural history of these critters coming soon.
The Yerba Santa are blooming profusely on a small cliff overlooking the creek. These are a favorite of the Swallowtail Butterflies. They make a good tea.
Closer view of Yerba Santa blossoms.
The Purple or Heartleaf Milkweed, Asclepias cordifolia, are blooming now and hosting some great bugs like this Carpenter Bee.
Many species of butterflies also like the milkweed. I haven't seen Monarch Butterflies land on this species, but they often land on and breed on the Narrowleaf and Showy Milkweeds that grow in this same general area. Neither of them is blooming yet, but they're close.