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 above lichen was growing on the large Ponderosa Pines near the South Park trailhead just north of Quincy. This caught my eye as I was wandering around, looking for photogenic items in a basically parched landscape. Click on the image to see more detail. I'm very happy to have my new Nikon D3300, but I am admittedly just beginning to learn how to use it. It's similar to my old D40 in many ways, but with 4 times the number of pixels, it's a little intimidating. Knowing I have that increased resolution, I can feel myself looking at my subject matter differently.
Here's an example of what age, wind and rain can do to a Mountain Dandelion. A different sort of beauty than the blooming flower.
One of the few remaining daisies still blooming.
Peavines mostly gone to seed by now, but a few patches still blooming might indicate some moisture not far below the surface.