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 email@example.com 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.
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.