Nearly a month has gone by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I'm finding that teaching writing classes not only involves lots of time grading papers but also focuses my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but not focusing in the short run on material I want to post here. We'll see what develops. Let's just say, my cessation of blogging is not due to deterioration of my health. I might be back soon. It probably depends on how spring unfolds - wildflowers, lizards, interesting insects, etc., usually fire me up and prompt me to keep my camera batteries charged.
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.
As often happens with my little local field trips, I look for one thing and find another. I was looking for Leopard Lilies, but in my usual spots, they hadn't bloomed yet. Then I noticed the Showy Milkweeds had almost bloomed. So close, in fact, that I drove the Oakland Camp Road, Chandler Road, and Highway 70 around Quincy, checking all my Milkweed spots, and finally found some blooming, and as a bonus, the Red Milkweed Beetles, Tetraopes basalis, had arrived for the season. Photographs of them crawling around on Milkweed and on each other coming soon. Tetraopes means four eyes, and the basalis part indicates these eyes (actually two) are at the bases of the antennae. Each eye is more or less split by the antenna so it looks like two.