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 email@example.com 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.
At 8:30 a.m., I was walking up the sidewalk to my office at FRC without my camera when I saw my first Ambush Bug of the season. It was on a daisy. I worked for a couple of hours when I remembered I left the camera in my car. I knew these critters tend to stay in one place for days at a time, so there was hope. Around 10:30, I walked down the hill to get my camera, and returned to the patch of daisies. Now there were two Ambush Bugs. Each occupied its own daisy. I wondered where they had come from, and whether the first found the flower by visual, olfactory, or some other sense that perhaps we humans don;t have. Then I wondered if the second one found its flower the same way, or did it sense the first bug and follow it to this place.
This is one of my favorite bugs, but I usually find it first on Tansy. The Tansy are blooming all over the place, but so far this summer I haven't found found many bugs on them.
I'm going to check this place again tomorrow. It would surprise me if I found them on the same flower!
Here's a broader view of the scene. I'm hearing thunder and a bit of rain at 7:45 p.m. Conditions could be quite different in the morning. We'll see.