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've been driving past this grand old Mountain Ash by the courthouse for weeks as the berries become more plentiful and brighter and brighter red. I finally decided this morning to bring my camera along and get some photos before the leaves turn red. For contrast, I hope tomorrow to get some photos of the less protected Mountain Ash up on the slopes of Spanish Peak where they survive much harsher winters. I expect up there many will have lost their leaves and berries already. But some might still have bright red berries and leaves. They'll all be much smaller so they are able to survive winter by being bent down beneath the snow, then spring back upward in the spring. When they get big enough to have more brittle trunks, that doesn't work any more.
This one by the courthouse is so big and so lush with berries that one could take a thousand photos in search of the perfect composition.
Here's a view of the whole tree. The density of berries is especially amazing near the top. Certain birds have a great time up there.