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.
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. :)