Nearly a month went by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I found that teaching writing classes not only involved lots of time grading papers but also focused my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but was not focusing in the short run on material I wanted to post here. Finally, in the month of July, I managed to resume my average of one post per day for the month. I plan to surpass that volume from here on out. What I post here, combined with my daily writing in journals, is mostly fine-tuning what I hope to publish in a memoir about my experiences in education as student, parent, teacher, supporter and critic.
Meanwhile, I am still available for guiding local nature hikes. Contact me at email@example.com to inquire about rates and parameters of time, distance, and personal needs regarding matters of health and fitness.
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.
We're having a really good crop of Western Pennyroyal around Quincy this year. It seems to be one plant that is responding favorably to drought conditions. Whenever I see the Pennyroyal blooming, I eagerly look forward to the arrival of the elegant Red-shouldered Ctenucha moth. So far, I have found other insects on the Pennyroyal.
In the photo below I found a Common Checkered Clerid beetle buried deeply in the cluster of flowers. I actually spread them a little to be able to photograph the beetle.
Nearby, I followed a Pale Swallowtail butterfly around the area for quite a while and got a few photos of it landing on Pennyroyal.
Then I consulted my blog archive and found that the Ctenuchas don't usually arrive here until July. The photo below was taken July 27, 2010. Gosh, it seems like yesterday, but it's been four years. So,
the whole month of July I'll be jumpy with anticipation. This is the type of critter that tempts me to get into video.