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.
While inspecting all my favorite milkweed places in search of invertebrate visitors, a number of other flowers and scenes caught my eye, reminding me of what I beautiful place I live in, even when we've been experiencing drought for four years. The above flower is Spanish Clover. Usually the blooms are facing downward so they are hard to spot. I gave this one a little lift for the photo.
A Spanish Creek scene at the spot where the northward-flowing creek turns 90 degrees toward the West. Lines mostly with sedges, there is quite a variety of trees in the background. Looks pretty lush for a drought.
A big bunch of Chamomile fills the cracks of some of the rocks where I got yesterday's photos of Narrow-leaf Milkweed.
A closer view of the Chamomile, like little daisies. These heads are around 3/4" in diameter.
St. John's Wort is abundant this year at roadsides and stream sides around Oakland Camp and elsewhere in American Valley.
There is a lot of Scarlet Gilia blooming along the dirt road north of Oakland Camp on the way to Gilson Creek.
One of the many lilies formerly known as Brodiaea.