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 email@example.com 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'm posting a few more photos from our Saturday hike on Table Mountain. The above photo is of Bird's-Eye Gilia which is in the same family as the well-known garden flower Phlox. There are also several wild species of phlox in the northern Sierra, including the Showy Phlox that will appear around Quincy in another month or so.
Kellogg's Monkeyflower is very short one and grows from cracks in the volcanic rock covering the mountain. This is a tough one to photograph because it produces noise (what digital photographers call blurriness or pixilation). I'm sure photographers more technically adept than me can compensate for this. I don;t know if this color has a name. Sometimes I think pink, sometimes crimson; no color name I know quite fits this flower.
The pinkish flower i the middle of this group is Owl Clover, and everywhere we saw it on the mountain it was surrounded by many other species. In this photo, the more apparent ones are Bird's Eye Gilia and Sky Lupine.
The Seep Spring Monkeyflower is the most common one around Quincy, but it's not here yet. Several of the species blooming on Table Mountain are a preview of ones that will gradually move up the Feather River Canyon throughout the spring and well into summer.
THe Sky Lupine is one of several species of lupines on Table Mountain, but this is the one that covers vast fields and is usually accompanied by Frying Pan Poppies and/or Goldfields.
And, there are newts. Lots of newts, but they have to get through their breeding season fairly quickly as all the pools in the creeks will dry up soon. We didn't see any mating pairs on this trip, but that will be happening soon.