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.
When I pulled into my FRC parking space at 7:45 a.m., I was immediately frustrated by my not having my camera with me. There was a late-season Mullein blooming right in front of my car, and I really wanted to inspect it for visiting bugs and photograph it. Close to the ground nearby was a great patch of Camomile (below).
As I headed up the paved path to the classrooms, I stopped to look at the great crop of mushrooms growing in the lawn. Last week's Shaggy Manes had already disintegrated, but there was a new bunch of shiny brown fungi that I haven't yet identified.
And few that had been kicked over, but were still intact.
The large California Black Oak that hangs over the pathway still hosted the group of Oak Treehoppers that first appeared there a month ago. They hadn't moved at all, but they had all gone through their last moult and were adults. Click on the photo below for a closer view. These are remarkably beautiful bugs.
In the shrubs around the main classroom building I found more fungi, this unidentified white one and
a dense patch of a sulphur-yellow type. I assume these are all connected beneath the surface by a
mycelium and are therefore a single organism.
I thought about these sights off and on all day, so when I got home in the afternoon, I grabbed my camera and came back out to the college to get the photos. I think tomorrow I'll remember to bring the camera. Autumn is beautiful, and it's not only about leaves turning color.