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.
My friend on Jackson Street has a 50-foot row of Snowberry bushes along the road. Even thought they are a summer crop, they make me think of snow - wish for snow! What intrigues me besides the hundreds of little white balls is what you can see when you look closer. Berries and leaves in all stages of their seasonal cycle. Some leaves thoroughly munched on by various insects and larvae.
Insect egg clusters on the undersides of leaves. Some berries still green, while others have ripened and then been devoured by birds.
And a few clusters of buds and freshly bloomed flowers. A season on a bush.