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.
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.