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.
but they came to me! This elegant moth was in this position by the dish of cat food on the front deck at around 6:50 a.m. I didn't bother to run for the camera as I thought the moth was dead. I came back late in the afternoon, around 5:00, and it hadn't moved, so I was sure it was dead. Got this photo, then poked it. It took off across my yard and disappeared. I guess it was alive! What patience, lasting through the heat of the day.
Around the same time, late in the afternoon, lots of bees gathered on the Lavender by our front fence. A constant frenzy of activity. I took around 20 photos just to get two with bees in focus.
When I approached this paper wasp nest near the ceiing over the front deck, I was pretty sure it was empty, or at least inactive. When I moved in close for a photo, I suddenly had some company.
It was fascinating to watch the wasp's handiwork.
I assume this nest will get bigger. More photo ops to come.