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.
My pet Crab Spider had this Bumblebee in its grasp last night when I returned from Reno. This morning, she's changed her position, but still had the bee. This was the fourth insect I'd seen in her grasp in the last few days. Seems like an amazing diet for a spider that seems to sit still all day long.
While I was taking pictures this morning, she dropped the bee carcass. It did look a bit shriveled, so I assumed she'd had her fill. I picked it up for a photo, then left in the grass for the ants.
The spider immediately assumed the pose of a trap, which she is. It's a nice sunny day, so I anticipate a lot of activity around the daisies. I'm looking forward to the next capture. I'd love to have a video camera I could set to maybe 'film' an actual capture.