Nearly a month went by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I found that teaching writing classes not only involved lots of time grading papers but also focused my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but was not focusing in the short run on material I wanted to post here. Finally, in the month of July, I managed to resume my average of one post per day for the month. I plan to surpass that volume from here on out. What I post here, combined with my daily writing in journals, is mostly fine-tuning what I hope to publish in a memoir about my experiences in education as student, parent, teacher, supporter and critic.
Meanwhile, I am still available for guiding local nature hikes. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about rates and parameters of time, distance, and personal needs regarding matters of health and fitness.
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.
Related to Cauliflower? Amazing. Whenever I see a dainty wildflower like Jewelflower (above) and discover that it's in the Family Brassicaceae (formerly Cruciferae), I am impressed all over again that it could be in the same family as Mustard, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Bok Choy, and many other nitritious greens. This series of photos is from the last half mile or so of the road up to Barker Pass and includes a couple from the parking area near the pass. Photos from the hike along the Tahoe Rim Trail, from Barker Pass to Twin Peaks, will probably occupy two more posts. Then, I can move to to the wonderful trip Ryan and I took to Brady's Camp and vicinity last Sunday afternoon.
Here's a dense bunch of the Red Elderberry - not safe to eat.
I never tire of photographing Pussy Paws. This was a particularly beautiful specimen grwoing out of the roadside gravel. I love how these are perky in the early morning, then lie down during hot afternoons and appear to melt into the ground much like our Labradoodle melts into the carpet on hot afternoons.
Photos of Leichtlin's Mariposa Lily will appear from time to. I'm always looking for one that's prettier than the last and/or is hosting an interesting insect or two.
The Mountain Spiraea is dense along the wetter spots of the roadside. We have this growing in our front yard, and I muist say if you're looking for low-maintenance landscaping plants, this is one. Blooms for a long time.
This is the highest elevation (approx. 7,000') where I've found Check Bloom. Usually at this elevation, especially in wet areas, i find its cousin the Checker Mallow. Along the Barker Pass road, we found both.
A small Phacelia, Faily Hydrophyllaceae, is a pretty flower that is easy to overlook when there are bright-colored ones nearby. The bright green leaf in the foreground reminds me of one of the Yellow Violets that bloom around here in the spring.
The first plant I photographed when I got out of the car at Barker Pass was this Spotted Coralroot. It ws growing right in the trail. I was amazed it hadn't been stomped to death.
This beautiful blue Larkspur was growing just a few yards from the Coralroot. Only about a foot tall, the blossoms were particularly large and bright. Maybe someone spilled some MiracleGrow here.
My favorite specimen from a group of Mariposa Lilies growing at this same spot by the trailhead.
My wife, Bib,standing by evidence that we were there. Next: the actual Tahoe Rim Trail experience. Leaving the pavement.