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.
What is this world coming to? I'm sitting at home on a sunny day grading papers while my wife takes her dog for a walk and gets these great photos with her phone! The California Mountain Kingsnake, Lampropeltis zonata, is a beauty that I've only seen DOR. My day will come!
As if serving as punctuation, Bib also saw this Checkspot at one of our favorite stops by Spanish Creek. I'll see lots of these during the summer, and some will be means for my favorite Goldenrod Crab Spider.