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.
Some of the more famous maples around town have not yet begun to show "fall colors," but there's one tree on Jackson Street that I drive by every day that is ready for Fall. I have been driving by this tree every day, so today I decided to stop and get some pictures.
In earlier posts I mentioned my goal of photographing the Skippers that have been visiting the Rabbitbrush on the FRC campus. Saturday evening they had gone into hiding by the time I got there. Sunday evening, the bushes were already in the shade, and last night, the same. But, this afternoon, around 3:45, conditions were just right. The bushes were in the sun, there was little or no wind, and there were several dozen skippers on the freshest-looking bush. It's my bedtime - I have to get up early tomorrow. So, I'll need to wait until tomorrow to post the photos. I'm excited about them. I 'll also post some photos of a Snowberry bush that intrigued me because on part of the bush, the flowers had already gone to seed, other parts had the white berries, but most of the leaves were somewhat chewed up, and, finally, a small branch in the sahde of the others and near the ground had fresh flowers and buds and unblemished leaves. It was like seeing a whole season on one bush.