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.
On the California Black Oak (Quercus kelloggii)along my driveway, the seasonal arrival of the
Oak Treehoppers (Platycotus vittata) is underway. A few clusters of these cute little bugs have appeared on just two branches of the 30 or so I inspected. Over the next few weeks, thousands more will appear, and I will try to improve my photo archive and share more of their natural history. Click on the photos for closer views. I wonder fi that white one is an albino, or just a stage I haven't noticed before.