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.
Check my previous post for an explanation of the "Lost and Found" reference. The above photo is a view of Lost Lake from the ridge where we stopped to rest on last Saturday's excursion. The additional images below are some of my favorites from the hike along the ridge toward the Lost Lake overlook. Some nice shady forest at 6,000-plus elevation was a great habitat for fungi and some late season blooming. The golden or sulfurous fungus below was an outstanding sight. It seemed to glow compared to the dark shadows around it.
This puffball fungus was around 3" in diameter and looked really fresh.
The plant below was a new one to me. It vaguely resembled Indian Rhubarb (or Umbrella Plant) both in overall size and structure and choice of habitat. Sure enough, it turned out to be a Saxifrage and is called Great or Large Boykinsia, Boykinsia montana. It's one of many wild plants whose common or popular name is the same as the scientific name - such as Iris, Magnolia, Rhododendron, Aster, and Gilia.
A closer view of the flowers shows the great resemblance to the flowers of Umbrella Plant.
It was growing in a nice little stream. It was good to see some flowing water after hiking for hours through very dry forest.