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.
Formerly known as the Western Swallowtail, it showed up when I was finished photographing the Red Milkweed Beetle on the small remaining patch of Asclepias speciosa on the western end of Chandler Road. I was about to leave, and was having a chat with a fellow who stopped to see what I was doing. This Swallowtail flew in and flitted from flower to flower, then circled the area a couple of times, and repeated the sequence several times. The lack of a right "tail" piece didn't seem to impede its flight skills.