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.
When I set out to photograph wildflowers and bugs, it seems like I only look up when I encounter a flower taller than me. I've yet to encounter an insect that tall, but you never know.... After photographing a couple of healthy-looking Sunflowers and a clear blue sky in town, I decided to check for roadside attractions around American Valley. The original plan was to check out Brady's Camp where I hear spring is exploding with wildflowers. My gas budget wouldn't allow it, so I cruised Quincy Junction Road, Mill Creek Road, and Chandler Road.
I came across a very healthy crop of Goldenrod on S. Mill Creek, and I started to get that Fall feeling. In late Summer and early Fall, it seems that most everything blooming is yellow.
Most of the Goldenrods had visiting Longhorn Beetles.
In the same area, another yellow flower that people love to hate is the Star Thistle. They were doing fine.
Then there were Poppies. So far, everything I saw blooming was yellow.
To top it off, on Quincy Junction Road was a great crop of St. John's Wort and the bees were busy there. I actually did end up finding some other colors blooming, but I'll save that for another post. It was Tuesday morning, and it was still very hot.