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.
The image of which this is but a small fraction appeared a few days ago. I cropped it even further, mostly as a test of just how much cropping I could get away with when I have a 24MP sensor. Evidently quite a bit! I love the details in the Dandelion head that's gone to seed. In fact, several times this past week I have come in close to a flower to photograph a bee or grasshopper and only when I opened the image on my computer screen did I see other bugs. I don't have a high-quality telephoto lens, so it's nice to have a tool that can see better than I can. More tiny discoveries await.