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.
The Yellow Douglas-fir Borer. Four of them flew into my son's bedroom during the night. He caught them in a jelly jar, then we had a photo session before releasing them. There are too many Douglas-firs in the neighboring forest.
This might be a young Elderberry Beetle of some sort. Seen this morning on an Elderberry bush. Only 1/3" long, probably not yet an adult.