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.
A quick drive to Reno for errands supplied some surprises. Focused on the necessary errands, I had low expectations for photography. Fortunately, I brought my camera along "just in case." First the first time in a couple of years I spotted a great bunch of Birdcage Evening Primrose at the roadside between Vinton and Chilcoot. When driving along at 65 mph, it looks like toilet paper from careless tourists, not sufficiently hidden amongst the Sagebrush. But having seen this amazing plant before, I knew that I needed to stop. This photo is a sampler. I'll have to say later and more photos from my quick drive through the desert. Click on the photo for an enlarged view.