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 think of beautiful caterpillars as symbols of hope. This caterpillar of a Monarch butterfly was spotted by my son out past Oakland Camp over a month ago when we were hiking with some friends and searching the various species of milkweeds for visiting insects. It appears here today as a memory of when I was keeping up with my blog. During the month of June I exceeded my goal of averaging a post per day, but I've fallen behind in July. I still have lots to show and tell about recent trips to the Tahoe Rim Trail (now two weeks old) and Brady's Camp (now a week old) and I'm already planning another outing with a friend for this coming weekend. When will I catch up?