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.
Not bad for a cell phone! My wife and I took a quick drive to Graeagle this afternoon, and after twelve or thirteen miles of brown, dried-up vegetation at the sides of the road, my attention was grabbed by a great patch of blooming Washington Lilies, Lilium washingtonianum, around a quarter mile east of Lee Summit. There must have been fifty or more blooms, many of them wilted and turning brown. But there were enough fresh-looking ones for some photos. At 4,000' elevation, practically all the lilies are done for the season. I'm hoping to go up to 6,500' and higher within the next few days where it should still be spring. There should still be some lilies at that elevation and also Monkshood.