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 took what I thought would be a quick drive out to Oakland Camp to check up on the Milkweeds. It turned out to be more of an adventure than I had expected. Found lots of new flowers blooming, a few new bugs, and made a couple of new friends who happened to be looking for orchids based on what they had read in this blog. Then they shared with me one of their discoveries of the day, the Stream Orchids pictured here are right at the edge of Quincy. The Mountain Lady Slippers they were looking for when we met are already somewhat wilted and about done for the season, but these orchids as well as the California Lady Slippers that they found on Caribou Road, made for a rewarding day. I'll post more of my day's findings tomorrow morning. Click on these Stream Orchids for closer views. A very beautiful flower, not always easy to spot.