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.
Here's today's photo of my front-yard spider, poised to capture any bug that lands on the daisy to eat some pollen or nectar. She spend the whole hot afternoon hanging upside down beneath the flower, then got back on top around 5:00 when it cooled off.
Here's a photo of the yellow phase of the same species of spider from my archives. I haven't seen one turn yellow yet this season. It takes several days for them to change color, and I am curious about what conditions trigger the change. There have been some interesting studies of the phenomenon, and it appears not to be for camouflage. It is more likely they are trying to resemble a flower, thus being a trap for any pollen-eaters that mistake them for flowers.