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.
I headed out toward Oakland Camp this afternoon to look for "roadside attractions." Black clouds started to move in and it got a bit too dark for optimum photography. But I managed to find all five local species of milkweeds, three Asclepias and two Apocynum. As a bonus, I found Monarch Butterfly caterpillars and adults. They seemed to be ignoring their best-known host plant, the Showy Milkweed, and were most excited by the Narrow-leaf. More on the status of the milkweeds and other roadside attractions tomorrow.