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 email@example.com 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.
A place locally known as Dellinger's Pond has not been a pond at all for several months. That is, until this past week, when we got some pretty good rains. Now there's enough standing water - or slightly flowing water - that I think of it as Dellinger's Almost-a-Pond. The above photo is of a spot one sees soon after passing the entrance gate and shows where a little tributary coming from the South feeds the pond. The photo below shows the large open area that hopefully will soon be a pond again, but for now shows a tributary feeding the western end of the pond.
I'm looking forward to more water and the return of the waterfowl.