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.
Once again, nature is putting on its spring show and I am getting caught up in dramatic moments before finishing the stories I have begun. WHile my previous post begins with a photo of a bear looking over my back deck, I never did get to finish the story which also includes Carpenter Bees and Dog Violets. Perhaps tomorrow, when I am refreshed. For now, enjoy the Azaleas pictured above. They are growing just outside the bookstore on the FRC campus. When I first walked by this afternoon, without a camera, there were beautiful Hummingbird Moths flitting from flower to flower. When I came back with my camera, they were gone. These large moths look a lot like hummingbirds to the uninitiated. They are also known as Sphinx Moths, a whole family of them. So, I thought I'd just show the flowers and let you imagine the moths. But then I remembered I had some Sphinx moths in my photo archive.
The above photo is a caterpillar of a White-lined Sphinx that I photographed a couple of years ago.
And this is the adult of an Eyed Sphinx, also from two summers ago. I'm going to visit the Azaleas again tomorrow and see if I can get a photo of the moths in action.