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.
This has been a very satisfying day. Just the right blend of work and play so I could hardly tell them apart. The above image is of California Black Oak, the namesake of this blog. The open acorn cap reminded me of why I chose this tree for my blog name. Today, in my wanderings, mostly looking for Oak Treehoppers, I saw various oaks hosting mosses, lichens, mistletoe, treehoppers, grasshoppers, ants, Red-shafted Flickers, Steller's Jays, and Brewer's Blackbirds. The open acorn cap reminded me of the fallen or eaten acorn that is either starting a new tree or providing nourishment for some herbivore. And, incidentally, that cap can be used to make one of the loudest whistles you'll ever hear.
The fall colors at Dellinger's Pond are getting to be beautiful. Not so many reds, blues, and pinks as in spring and summer, but the range of earth colors is amazing. Click on this image and you'll see that the Cat-o-nine-tails are bursting with seed.
Most of the California Thistles have gone to seed, but some are growing in just the right conditions to keep on blooming as long as possible.
I love this image of a yellow jacket on Tansy. Click on it for more detail.
Another example of the range of earth colors at the pond.
The late afternoon sun accentuated the difference in color of the two sides of the willow leaves.