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 was hoping I'd be able to get some better photos of Ambush Bugs mating by today, but the two I've been watching have left their flowers. The above photo is from my archives of a couple of summers ago. However, the short drive from the FRC parking lot out to Highway 70, AKA Golden Eagle Avenue, was a weed lover's delight. Especially if you are willing to get out of the car, walk around,m and get some stickers in your socks. I was.
St. Johns Wort. It attracts some great bug life, so I'll be paying close attention to this species as it should be blooming for another month or more.
A nice crop of Orachard Morning Glory beneath a jungle of Star Thistle.
Yellow Sweetclover adorns roadsides throughout American Valleu - Heck, throughout California!
Star Thistle. Sorry, but I like it.
Gum Plant, a nicely blooming flower and a bud. I love the re-curved spines on the buds.
Filaree blooms around here for half the year.
A six-foot-tall Mullein.
Close-up of Mullein
Hawkweed,. or some close relative in the Aster family. Part two in the morning. It was easy to spot a couple dozen species of blooming flowers in that short drive.