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.
First, one has to find moisture. That's getting harder, too. The roadside milkweeds are a good repository, for now, and that makes them a likely site for good insect photos like the Red Milkweed Beetle, Tetraopes basalis, on my left index finger.
One can still find blooming Leopard Lilies, Lilium pardalinum, near creeks at the elevation of Quincy. They're probably more plentiful at the higher elevation meadows, such as Brady's Camp, but I haven't been up there lately. Also in the Lakes Basin.
I've been finding a few Crimson Columbine, Aquilegia formosa, at seeps along the northern end of Jackson Street in Quincy.
The wild Sierra Pea is "everywhere." Seems unphased by drought.
The Jerusalem Cricket is predictably found under any large piece of bark that is still a bit moist underneath.