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 got caught up in lesson planning, essay grading, and related matters toward the end of the semester and have only blogged once in December. That's a far cry from post-per-day pace I maintained for most of the past two years. Well, that's about to change. These first two photos are of lichens I found along the path in the forest by my house. The top one actually shows a lot of moss as well. The lichens, with their slow metabolism and often well-hidden, remind me of my usual winter tendency to like to keep the blinds drawn and read by low light near the wood stove.
The remaining five photos were taken by my son with his iPod Touch while we were up on Mt. Hough cutting our Christmas tree.
Final grades are due Monday, and that's when I'll turn over a new leaf and start blogging more frequently again. There will be more emphasis on current writing interests and less photography. I also plan to showcase more of my students' nature writing and writing on environmental issues. Until then, have a happy holiday season.