Nearly a month has gone by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I'm finding that teaching writing classes not only involves lots of time grading papers but also focuses my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but not focusing in the short run on material I want to post here. We'll see what develops. Let's just say, my cessation of blogging is not due to deterioration of my health. I might be back soon. It probably depends on how spring unfolds - wildflowers, lizards, interesting insects, etc., usually fire me up and prompt me to keep my camera batteries charged.
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 was taking an afternoon nap, daydreaming about hiking in the forest in search of spring wildflowers, when the setting sun backlit the first Iris to bloom in my front yard. Since I prefer tracking wildflowers over the domestic, this golden beauty made me think of a wild iris in the woods not far from my house, the Blue-eyed Grass. I need to hike up there ASAP to get a few photos before it's too late. Many flowers I've seen this spring seem to be having shorter blooming seasons. The drought we're in probably has a lot to do with that. Anyway, just a few more days of classes and paper grading and I should be able to get out on the trails more regularly.
As to why I titled this post "still and Iris," it's because the many families of monocots - lilies, orchids, irises, asparagus, hyacinths, and many others - have a complicated history when it comes to botanists categorizing them. For many years, plants were put into families and orders based mainly on their gross anatomical features. In recent years, DNA fingerprinting and a new take on taxonomy called cladistics have resulted in a great shuffling of categories. But, through all that, the Irises are still Irises.
Sometime soon, I'll try to catch up on the naming of local members of many of these families and post photos of them. Meanwhile, I invite you to click on each photo and enjoy the details.