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.
The shady section of the Feather River College Nature Trail has a few spring wildflowers blooming and the early leaves of quite a few more. Last week I walked the upper portion of the trail that gets a lot more sun and found many Shelton's Violets and Spring Whitlow Grass blooming.
In the shady, the prettiest green spots, to me, were the young Bedstraw (above).
I love to see the windfalls, especially the larger logs, left on the ground to host a variety of fungi, lichens, and invertebrate life as they gradually become soil over the years. This bracket fungus on a fallen Douglas-fir was particularly impressive.
The Gooseberries are blooming along the trail nearest the buildings of the upper campus.
And the last thing I photographed on this day was a long Shelton's Violet.