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 took a walk this morning with a friend who comes to Feather River Art Camp (at Oakland Camp) every summer. Despite the recent visit by road department weed eaters, we saw many wonderful sights. These three images are among my favorites from the morning. Above is a Goldenrod Crab spider, poised to capture any bug that decides she's a flower or part of the daisy and comes in for a landing to dine on pollen or nectar.
The Convergent Ladybird Beetle makes a beautiful contrast with the yellow disk flowers and white ray flowers of a daisy.
A very nice looking Leopard Lily was hiding in a dense thicket of Stream Dogwood and Ninebark by the edge of Spanish Creek. We were lucky to notice it some 20 feet off the pavement.
Hopefully, tomorrow or the next day I'll catch up on posting my photos and stories from last Saturday's hike into Buck's Lake Wilderness. I also have more to come from Dellinger's Pond.