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.
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.