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.
My day started with the discovery of a fresh layer of yellow pollen on my windshield. Fortunately, no allergies erupted. Then, as soon as I parked on the FRC campus, I was amazed at the abundance of yellow blossoms. There are daffodils, obviously planted by humans, Oregon Grape (above and below), which is a natural wild shrub but is also often planted by humans,
Forsythia (the next three photos) blooming all around Quincy as well as on campus, and
... the ubiquitous, but still beautiful, Dandelions.
There are some interesting, small, pink and red flowers too, but the yellow is what caught my attention. To top it all off, as I was walking toward my office I met one of my colleagues who was photographing the Forsythia with a yellow camera! That's the first yellow camera I ever saw.