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.
I didn't have much time for photography or writing today, but I did bring my camera along when I went for an oil change. In the midst of all this dryness, there was a little water flowing in the creek in front of Safeway. That keeps the shoreline moist enough to support some late season blooming. The patches of Gum Plant by Paradise Cafe had lots of bees visiting, but the wind was blowing. I must admit it took around 20 shots to get these two that I thought were worth sharing.
There's something magical about capturing a bee in mid-hover. Some day I hope to be as lucky with a hummingbird.
I came across just one small patch of asters. Among other species that were blooming, but which I bypassed due to lack of time, were Goldenrod, Chicory, Cat-o-nine-tails, Stickseed, and California Poppies. Despite my early morning rush to school, I stopped to see if there was any water in Dellinger's Pond. There was! We might be getting a little more rain this week, and if so I expect to see interesting changes in vegetation and animal behavior.