Nearly a month has gone by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I'm finding that teaching writing classes not only involves lots of time grading papers but also focuses my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but not focusing in the short run on material I want to post here. We'll see what develops. Let's just say, my cessation of blogging is not due to deterioration of my health. I might be back soon. It probably depends on how spring unfolds - wildflowers, lizards, interesting insects, etc., usually fire me up and prompt me to keep my camera batteries charged.
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 could only spare about 15 minutes. Not enough time to dig into the last files of my trip to the Tahoe Rim Trail, nor my trip to Brady's Camp. I will definitely do that when the dust settles. With two days of rain so far, the dust is definitely settling. So, with that 15 minutes, I grabbed my camera and head for a shopping errand at Safeway. Made three quick photo stops along the way. First, on a patch of Tansy in front of a neighbor's house, I found a Bumblebee too wet to fly. When I poked her, she barely moved at all. When I kept on poking her, she eventually got disturbed enough to flail at me with her legs. Still too wet to fly or to try to sting. I then took about a five minute walk in the vicinity, and when I got back she was still in the same spot. Probably will stay there until it warms up tomorrow afternoon, then fly to other flowers.