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.
We hiked all day, looking for Phantom Falls and getting lost - at least what some people would call lost. We definitely walked in a big circle without realizing it and ended up south of our starting point when we thought we had been heading north. However, the flowers were gorgeous and we saw lots of other good waterfalls. The challenge was to get past the parking lot. As soon as we got out of the truck, it was apparent there were dozens of species of wildflowers within a few yards of us. The above pink one is Bitterroot, one of my favorites on this mountain. Below is Fiddleneck, another favorite. My camera says I took 177 pictures, so it will take a few days to post the highlights and more details
about our wanderings. Also, I need to post another bit of text about Spring Whitlow Grass that I promised in my last post. Hopefully, I'll wake up Sunday morning refreshed. Right now, I'm sore and sleepy.