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.
I gave this post a silly name because I'm already looking ahead. I'm taking a break from grading essays in order to post a sampler of what I saw yesterday on a quick shopping trip to Chico. I think I've photographed around 20 different species of wildflowers blooming. Here are five of the most memorable. The ones I could spot while driving 55. But each time I stopped for pictures I found several more better hidden ones. More tonight or tomorrow, or when I need another break. The above photo is of Buch Monkeyflower. They were out in force from Jarbo Gap all the way up to the Greenville Y. Some of the bushes were extremely covered with blooms. Very impressive.
The roadside had an abundance of blooming Madia. It was hard to look straight ahead while driving. At the roadside there was Madia and also several species of Arnica. Probably not safe to try to tell them apart while driving fast.
Between the Pulga Bridge and Jarbo Gap I saw quite a bit of Gum Plant (above). It's almost ready to bloom in Quincy, but is peaking in the lower canyon.
My favorite find of the day was the Spice Bush. Lots blooming around the tunnels, plus or minus a few miles. Usually in shade, so slow shutter speed resulted in a little blurriness.
The last one in this sampler is Indian Pink. A few blooming at the roadside around Bear Creek.