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.
Yesterday afternoon during peak heat I explored around the ditch that runs in front of Safeway and was greeted by a Checkered Clerid Beetle on a Daisy. There were many items of interest which I'll post during the day today, not the least of which was the Hooker's Evening Primrose which blooms in the morning and is shriveled up and pathetic looking in the evening. All my field guides say it blooms in the evening which is what one would expect with a name like that. But all the ones I've seen in the Quincy area for the past several years bloom in the morning and are closed up by noon.
More to come later this morning.