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.
These are probably not my best yet photos of the Leopard Lily, but they are the best two lilies I've seen this year as far as color and detail are concerned. We were hiking along the west side of Spanish Creek in the vicinity of Oakland Camp, perhaps 100 feet from the water's edge, when these two bright, red-orange beacons shone from the surrounding dark green background of Umbrella Plants. They topped stems that were 5 to 6 feet tall and leaned over the water of the creek. Most of the daisies along this trail are drying up and the only other flower flourishing is the wild Sweet Pea, probabnly a mixture of naturalized varieties. This small patch of Leopard Lilies made the hike memorable.