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.
The native lilies that look like this are Lilium pardalinum, and the species name means leopard. The cultivated lily that looks like this and that you might buy in a nursery is most likely Lilium tigrinum, and that species name means tiger. Does that settle it? Not really. So many people use the names interchangeably and do not know one from the other anyway, that the question is probably only important to botanists. When leading people on hikes in our local forests where I know we will only encounter L. pardalinum, I always say Leopard Lily, except when I don't. :) We do have a few other native species of lilies that look more or less like this one except for size and a few other details, but don't forget to enjoy their beauty.