Nearly a month has gone by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I'm finding that teaching writing classes not only involves lots of time grading papers but also focuses my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but not focusing in the short run on material I want to post here. We'll see what develops. Let's just say, my cessation of blogging is not due to deterioration of my health. I might be back soon. It probably depends on how spring unfolds - wildflowers, lizards, interesting insects, etc., usually fire me up and prompt me to keep my camera batteries charged.
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.