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.
Two more wildflower photos from Brady's Camp, then onward to Grizzly Peak to search for the Devil's Punchbowl. The above pair of Monk's Hood coming off the same stem intrigued me. I couldn't get a good angle for the photo without using my hand. THe flowers were hanging very low in dense grass.
The Checker Mallow was not plentiful, but the ones we saw looked fresh. After about a half hour of walking around and taking pictures, we head several miles westward to the road up toward Grizzly Peak. I hadn't been there since last summer, so some of the intersections were confusing. Some of my favorite landmarks are probably now parts of houses.
Since my last visit, they've closed the road at this point. When I came here in my 2WD van, I went another 500 feet up the grade and got stuck. Maybe a number of people have had the same experience, thus the barrier. Anyway, we parked in the shrubs to the left and began our hike. Tomorrow I'll post wildflower close-ups and scenic vistas including views of the inside of Devil's Punchbowl.