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.
This was an exciting day, topped off by finding this beautiful Achemon Sphinx Moth resting on the side of my house. We played with it a little to get different poses for the camera. On my son's finger, it spread its wings a little and revealed its bright red underwings.
Earlier in the day, I spotted a Plume Moth on a daisy on the college campus. When these are at rest, the wings are thorough;y folded up so the animal looks like the letter T. In flight, the wings spread open like a fan (or plume), but it's difficult to get a photo of them in that configuration.
We topped off the day by making some ice cream with liquid oxygen. LOX is good for something besides bagels and rocket fuel.