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.
More often than not, when you see a group of mushrooms (fungi caps) they are connected by a thin underground membrane called a mycelium. It's especially easy to visualize such a thing when you see the mushroom caps arranged in a circle and known as a Fairy Ring. But I've heard of mycelia covering an area of thousands of square miles. Imagine all the mushrooms of a given species in a particular state or region being essentially a single organism. Creepy or wonderful, depending on how much science fiction you've read.
I found these clusters on opposite sides of a building on campus, separated by at least 50 feet. I couldn't help but wonder if they are connected, and maybe lived here before the buildings were erected.