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.
Sights on the way to work included lots of yellow flowers blooming. The Gum Plants (above) along the highway look especially hardy these days while most species of wildflowers have dried up and gone to seed. I've always found it interesting how the August wildflowers are mostly yellow. My observations account for a very small sample. Has anyone from other ares noticed this?
Another local species that thrives in late summer as well as playing host to interesting bugs is the non-native Tansy. This one had a crab spider visitor, but now the stretch of road where I took this photo has been visited by the rather aggressive road department weed eater. What remains is an ugly stretch of splintered wooden stems and fragmented foliage. At least now it's all exactly the same height. Like a lawn of sorts. Or a large sweat shop.
"I am struck once again by the unutterable beauty, terror and strangeness of everything we think we know." A gem from Ed Abbey passed along by a friend.