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.
The Seedpod of Yellow Wood Sorrell described in my previous post is about an inch long. Too green and wet to explode on contact, I thought I'd do a minor dissection, with my fingernails, to show the seeds. Lined up like "peas in a pod," they get thrown up to at least 10 feet away from the parent plant when the dried pods are touched. I can imagine these explosions knocking certain insects off their feet, and maybe sometimes shooting down a hovering fly or bee. It's the Sorrell's form of propaganda.which is the dissemination of information. In this case, instead of church doctrine it's DNA. More trustworthy.
Be sure to click on the lower photo for a closer view.