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.
Beginning with March 14, the day my son and I aimlessly hiked 15 miles on Table Mountain, I posted wildflower photos from that hike over a stretch of 5 days. Today, reviewing the archives, I realized there's one plant I overlooked. One of my favorites, now called Fringepod, I used to call it Lacepod when I was first learning Sierra wildflowers back in the 60s. It's a member of the mustard family, and the tiny flowers are not spectacular to look at, at least not without a hand lens. But the seed pods are special. Click on this photo for a closer look and you'll see what I mean.