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.
A Preview of a great hike to Buck's Wilderness today
My wife got this shot of me photographing wild orchids while her dog posed for the camera. A great, wild hike today brought us to some little lakes in Bucks Wilderness that host the Mountain Yellow-legged Frog, Rana muscosa. It was exciting to see them. Full story with my defense of frogs coming soon.
Here she is in about 2 feet of water. Spotted initially on a tuft of grass and mistaken for a pine cone, she jumped when I tried to touch her. Fortunately, she came rest a short distance away in very clear water.
A few minutes later, she emerged at the shoreline which is solid granite.