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.
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.