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.
On our way to Grizzly Peak and the Devil's Punchbowl
Starting with the incredible Monk's Hood, this is the first of two or three posts on what we found around Brady's Camp last Friday. The foothills of Argentine Peak were looking pretty dry on the way up with Squirrel Creek barely flowing. However, around the little campground called Brady's Camp, there was enough water flowing through the meadow on the north side to support a good variety of wildflowers like the Monk's Hood (above) and the Ranger's Buttons (below).
There were Corn Lilies blooming on both sides of us - at the edge of aforementioned meadow as well as around the dried-up creek bed to the South. The creek bed looked a bit damp, so there might still have been some water flowing or seeping beneath the surface. There was quite a good variety of helthy=looking woldflowers in and around the creek bed.
A very nice stand of Paintbrush, and occasional ...
clusteres of Checker Mallow (above) in the family that gave us the original Marsh Mallow (before Kraft or some similar entity turned it into sugar and air.
Pine Drops, a member of the Heath or Wintergreen family were under the pines and firs all over the area.
A white specimen of Monk's Hood. I think it's the same species, just a variant, but I look into that further and correct myself if I'm wrong.
My colleague, Joan Parkin, tried out my camera. I can't do "selfies" with it. This gives a rough idea of the surroundings near the creek bed. Mostly Lodgepole Pine and Red Fir.
Standing amongst the Leopard Lilies which extended for at least an acre, I could have stayed here for hours just photographing Leopard Lilies.
My favorite flower photo from this area, or tied with the Monk's Hood at the top.
Part II coming after dinner.