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 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.