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 are some of the other flowering plants I saw in the ditch in front of Safeway. Above is St. John's Wort. It was very hot Sunday afternoon, and most species of wildflowers looked pretty wilted. A notable example was the Hooker's Evening Primrose (below) which around here seems to bloom in the morning. They look so wilted in the afternoon that you'd never guess they'd look "fresh as daisies" again in the morning.
The Tansy (a non-native, below) are starting to bloom along the roadsides and in Boyle Ravine. Soon they will be attracting certain interesting insects such as my favorites, the Ambush Bugs.
The Wild Sweet Pea is so ubiquitous on roadsides that it is treated as a weed and generally beaten back, but not defeated, by road department weed eaters. Up close, the blossoms are quite beautiful.
The Orchard Morning Glory (below) really does bloom in the morning. In the afternoon, as shown here, it usually shrivels up and looks like it won't come back. But it does, and in most areas it keeps blooming all summer long. Its other name is Bindweed.
In a shady spot, presumably with more surface water, I found a couple that didn't shrivel.
On the way home, at the corner of Harbison and Jackson, I couldn't resist this puff ball of seeds of the Yellow Salsify with a background of Bachelor's Buttons.