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.
Having a little trouble getting traction on my blog for August. Here's today's weird photo and story. I was walking down the sidewalk by my house when a lightweight something or other bounced off my head and landed on the cement. It looked like a live Cranefly, and I didn't have my camera. I figured if I attempted to catch it, I'd never see it again. I bent over and picked it up. It was dead! It actually landed in an upright position as in the above photo, but rigor mortis had set in and it was clearly dead. I brought it in the house for a photo session. Maybe I should the read magazine article beneath the insect. It might help me get my thinking back on track for another month of natural history blogging.