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 always get a little sad before mowing the lawn. I let Dandelions, Salsify and Daisies grow tall between mowings, and have greatly enjoyed photographing insect and spider visitors. This morning I found this beautiful Longhorn Beetle (above) hanging from the underside of a daisy.
In a nearby patch of daisies I followed this butterfly as it fed on one after another before heading across the driveway to another yard. Then, after the heat of the afternoon passed,
I mowed. The daisies are now mulch, and I'll have to search elsewhere to photograph bugs on daisies. The neighbors will be relieved to see the weeds gone, but I will be sad until they return. But I know they will. :)