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.
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.