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.
I was cleaning up firewood-processing debris from last fall when I came across a log bearing the biggest cluster of Bird's Nest Fungi I've ever seen. My field guide says these appear in the fall on rotting wood. They got the rotting wood part right, but it is now June! Maybe they formed last fall and have simply lasted for months in the shade of a Douglas-fir and some large thistles. They're really cute. The little bowls are shaped in such a way that when a rain drop lands at the right angle, the "eggs" are shot into the air a yard or more. They contains the spores for another generation of these fungi. Very clever arrangement.