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.
My preview of spring consisted of a few posts from the lower end of Feather River Canyon and several from Table Mountain a week ago. Today we hiked on the forest service road north of Oakland Camp and saw evidence that spring has finally arrived at the Quincy elevation, around 3,400'. The hardy Dandelion (above) is always one of the first arrivals. Ironically, I love dandelions and there are none in my lawn yet; but my neighbor, who doesn't like them, has quite a few. The above photo was taken by Oakland Camp.
Secure in knowing his cave is right behind him, this fence lizard allowed me to get within a foot before he disappeared into the darkness.
The Shelton's Violets have been blooming here for over a week, but today I saw a second yellow species for the first time this season. The above violet is the Pine Violet. It does well in dry soil, and the soil everywhere I go looks extremely dry.
Here are the first Dusky Horkelia (above) I've found blooming near Quincy.
If you live in a desert, you'd be pleased to see this scene, and I enjoyed seeing a pair of ducks take off from Spanish Creek, but in relation to normal years, the water is extremely low. No sign yet of Indian Rhubarb, or any other flowers by the water's edge.