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.
These two photos of the Oak Treehoppers were taken last weekend, but throughout the week I've been seeing fewer and fewer, and on today's walk I saw none. There are probably some remaining clusters in the occasional sunny spots or places where the sap is still running in the oaks. But most of the oak twigs are drying out for the winter and the leaves are shriveling and falling.
At least I have these photos to remember this most colorful insect during the cold, gray days of winter.