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.
The Ambush Bugs were out in force today when I visited Dellinger's Pond. They are hard to spot when they are hiding on yellow backgrounds like the Tansy. These Tansy "buttons" are around 1/4" in diameter. When I first spotted them, I could not tell with the "naked" eye that this was a mating pair.
After taking a few shots and hoping some would be precisely focused, I twisted the stem to get a
different angle, but I wasn't convinced I had a pair until I enlarged the photo on my screen. I suppose I could have disturbed the bugs in order to see what was going on, I didn't want them to waste their energy adjusting to my intrusion.
Very close by were a couple of blooming Sweet Peas and I thought it would be particularly beautiful if Ambush Bugs landed on this bright pink background. Of course they might then be ambushed.