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.
If the truth be known, our campus is pretty well groomed. More like a country club than a wild forest. One has to search for hidden little spots of unconquered nature. That's what I did this afternoon. After a little gentle bushwhacking through young White Alder trees, thistles, and willows, I came across a large area of Wild Ginger leaves. Since I'd been to this spot in years past, I knew I'd find lots of blossoms hiding beneath the leaves. In the above photo, there are at least a dozen blossoms beneath the leaves. In the photo below, I have pushed some leaves aside to reveal a blossom. These places are usually shady, so the lighting isn't the greatest for photography. I'll visit this spot often, so long as the blossoms last, and keep on searching for the ideal photo. These little flowers are elegant.
Even the lawns around campus, just before they're mowed, contain lots of tiny wildflowers. Today, right near the cafeteria, I found large numbers of Thyme-leaved Speedwell. The ones in these photos are only 3 or 4 inches tall, well camouflaged in the grass. They'll get mowed soon, so enjoy while you can.
Along one of the creeks bordering the campus there are some shady areas that are still supporting lots of blooming Woodland Star (below), a member of the Saxifrage family.
I still have more photos from today's meander around campus, and also some more from last Monday's trip through Feather River Canyon. I expect to have more time tomorrow to post my findings.