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 need to post an "On the way to Barker Pass, Part IV" but here's a preview. This is an excerpt from the series I'll post; a preview. If I were thinking only of photographic compostion without an accompanying story, I'd say the butterfly should not be in the upper left corner facing away from the center. It looks like the butterfly is about to leave the frame. But, that's exactly what was happening. So maybe you can relate to the challenge of trying to photograph butterflies with a standard lens. You have to get up close, and they are always escaping. It took quite a few shots to get one within my frame with its wings spread.