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.
Nearly all the Monarch Butterfly activity I've seen this summer has been on Narrow-leaf Milkweed, rather than on the Showy Milkweed it is more often identified with. Interesting. It's been great to see lots of them during the last weeks of summer, especially when I read about their rapid decline in most areas.
I find the aphids that gather on the Narrow-leaf Milkweed at this time of year beautiful. The orange is bright beyond words, and the Milkweeds don't seem to mind.
This little iguanid was only about three inches long from snout to tail tip.