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.
I decided to take our dog for a walk up Boyle Ravine on a trail I've been hiking regularly for over 7 years (critical number), when I came across this beautiful Leopard Lily. This is the first one I've seen blooming this year, although I know of several other spots near Quincy where they are very close to blooming. Then I looked up and saw this very disturbing sign. Someone posing as a Constitutional scholar. I wonder if the sign was printed in one of Cliven Bundy's barns. Sad state of affairs. Or, I wonder if they've cloned that crackpot?
I decided to continue with my photography while our dog cooled off in the creek. Another Leopard Lily nearby was in a very different lighting situation.
There was lots of Lemmon's Wild Ginger near the creek. I thought this cluster of leaves was one of the prettiest, despite being adjacent to an ugly plastic pipe. The blossom below was slightly exposed, so I moved in for a close-up.
This plant is in the Birthwort Family, along with the Pipevine found at lower elevations.
I saw something flickering in the dry leaves then spotted this horntail, a non-threatening wasp. She might have been looking for a place to lay eggs.
Then, I caught the last blooms of Jewel Flower. I photographed these in their prime last year around this time, but this year it's so dry they aren't doing well.
I got lots of other photos on this walk. I'll post more tomorrow morning - after taking another walk. I want to see what the other side of the sign looks like.
Either tomorrow or the next day, if I don't get shot, I'll have a small celebration as visits to this blog should hit 100,000! Thanks everybody for viewing and for your feedback.