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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.