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.
Our hike into Bucks Wilderness on Sunday was late in the afternoon. The sun had set before we got to Gold Lake, but was still lighting up Quincy in the distance toward the East. Poor lighting for photography, and I didn't have my telephoto, but I just had to capture a shot of this Mountain Bluebird sitting on a snag. Click on the photo for a slightly better view. Not a gallery shot by any means, but a great memory.
In the Rock Lake drainage that flows into Gold Lake nearly all vegetation had turned brown and we expected not to see any flowers blooming. Then, in a few cracks which are shielded from the harshest winds and maybe catch a little more sun, we found a few patches of blooming Fuschia. Again, very poor lighting. This photo is just for the memory book.