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.
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.