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.
I said yesterday that my main goal today was to photograph skippers on the Rabbitbrush by the main entrance to the FRC library. I was too late. The bushes were in the shade and it was a bit windy. So, I'm showing here some activity around said Rabbitbrush last Saturday night. I made a rushed stop just before the football scrimmage. Saw no skippers, but did find a friendly lizard (above), and some
of the Rabbitbrush still looked fresh like it did in early summer, although most of it had gone to seed.
The light wasn't very good when I got this shot of some sort of wasp or fly on a blooming Gumplant. Actually, I was more intrigued by the sepals and bracts on the unopened flower in the background.
This close-up was a test of how much cropping I could get away with. This image represent around 1/10 of the area of the original. Tomorrow is a new month. I'm seeing a hint of fall colors. I think tomorrow I'm going to get some shots of a maple tree in the neighborhood that's starting to turn red, and maybe see what I can do with a full moon..