Nearly a month went by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I found that teaching writing classes not only involved lots of time grading papers but also focused my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but was not focusing in the short run on material I wanted to post here. Finally, in the month of July, I managed to resume my average of one post per day for the month. I plan to surpass that volume from here on out. What I post here, combined with my daily writing in journals, is mostly fine-tuning what I hope to publish in a memoir about my experiences in education as student, parent, teacher, supporter and critic.
Meanwhile, I am still available for guiding local nature hikes. Contact me at email@example.com to inquire about rates and parameters of time, distance, and personal needs regarding matters of health and fitness.
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.
As I wandered around the foothills of Mt. Hough today, I thought I had spotted an Oak Treehopper. This combat-ready grasshopper must have thought the same thing. I first spotted the grasshopper when it was about a foot away, then it seemed to approach aggressively what turned out to be a leaf bud.
On my way back to town, I spotted a couple of Sandhill Cranes along Quincy Junction Road.
President Reagan would have said "If you've seen one Snowberry, you've seen them all." Not me. I'm always looking for a more intriguing photo than the last one. This cluster was in my favorite patch along Jackson Street in Quincy.
As I continued to wander, avoiding going home to do more school work, I found a nice pair of Sunflowers at Dellinger's Pond (not a pond at this time!).
From the archive of a couple of weeks ago, a closer view of Salsify gone to seed. Click on it and enjoy the detail.