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.
Photographed nine days ago by the paved path that connects the FRC parking lot to the upper campus classrooms. These can erupt overnight. The one in the above photo was barely visible as a tiny white dome the day before, then was already 5" tall on this day. The others in this series were
from two to five days old, and in the third and fourth photos you can see that the auto-digestive process has made them almost entirely disintegrate. When I came by this same spot 5 days ago,
they were all gone. All that remained were a few small piles of black goop. The stems had collapsed or been digested totally. Meanwhile, my other favorite place to observe the Shaggy Manes in the fall, the west end of Jackson Street, showed no signs of their appearance. I thought that perhaps roadside maintenance had killed them off.
In this spot at the college, there's another species of fungi growing abundantly that look like pancakes on pedestals. I don't know the species, but they stay around for many days. In fact the ones in the photo below looked about the same for over a week, and they are still there, looking only slightly aged. My next post will reveal some surprises.