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 email@example.com 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.
In my previous post I showed Ambush Bugs on Tansy, a yellow background that makes it hard to spot the bugs. I followed with a close-up of a bright pink Pea blossom, and imagined how beautiful it would be to see a yellow bug on a pink background. Well, about five minutes after taking those photos, my wish was granted, and I found an Ambush Bug resting on a bright pink-purple Thistle.
Nearby, the honey bees were busy on other Thistle blossoms.
Then, I spotted a small patch of a smaller species of thistle and imagined its being a landing pad for some sort of colorful insect.
Within a few seconds after taking this photo, a Cabbage White butterfly arrived.
I went back to the Ambush Bug on California Thistle and found it slowly crawling toward the stem. I wondered if it detected the romance taking place on the nearby Tansy and contemplated getting involved.
After all this colorful excitement, I found the scene below calming. The earth tones relaxed me, and I was able to carefully drive home without thinking too much about the smoke-filled sky.