Nearly a month went by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I found that teaching writing classes not only involved lots of time grading papers but also focused my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but was not focusing in the short run on material I wanted to post here. Finally, in the month of July, I managed to resume my average of one post per day for the month. I plan to surpass that volume from here on out. What I post here, combined with my daily writing in journals, is mostly fine-tuning what I hope to publish in a memoir about my experiences in education as student, parent, teacher, supporter and critic.
Meanwhile, I am still available for guiding local nature hikes. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about rates and parameters of time, distance, and personal needs regarding matters of health and fitness.
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.
Pretending to be superstitious, I'm continuing to post photos taken before the rain began in hopes it'll keep the rain coming for a while. Last Saturday I saw a few starts of Narrow-leaf Milkweed growing from the cracks in rocks overlooking Spanish Creek. They seem to thrive on very little water, and the rains that are currently coming down might be sufficient to guarantee them a normal season.
In the rather large expanses of dry, brown ground, there were occasional bunches of Pine Violets. Easy to overlook, but worth a closer look.
The clumps of grass in the middle of Spanish Creek would be covered with starts of Umbrella Plant by this time of year. Last Saturday I spotted a few along the shoreline, but saw none in the middle of the river.
The widely-spaced clumps of grass in the dry ground were often punctuated by a few blooming wildflowers. In this case, a Henbit Dead Nettle.
This pretty member of the Mint family is usually considered a weed, but I find it one of the prettiest flowers out there. You have to get really close to appreciate the intricacy of the blossoms. Click on any of these photos for closer views. Then go outside and find some.