Nearly a month has gone by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I'm finding that teaching writing classes not only involves lots of time grading papers but also focuses my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but not focusing in the short run on material I want to post here. We'll see what develops. Let's just say, my cessation of blogging is not due to deterioration of my health. I might be back soon. It probably depends on how spring unfolds - wildflowers, lizards, interesting insects, etc., usually fire me up and prompt me to keep my camera batteries charged.
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.
Ever since humans could dream, they have probably dreamed of flying. DaVinci remarkably imagined a future of bicycles and flying machines. Aeronautical engineers have certainly studied bees, dragonflies, and birds in order to uncover the magic of flight. I got to wondering about nature's influence on design the other day when i drove by this small plane parked in a hangar at Quincy's airport. It reminded me a large, motorized version of the Oak Treehoppers I have been photographing recently as I have been doing during this season for several years.
I wonder if the person who painted the plane was influenced by the design of these bugs. They really can fly, although most of the times I have disturbed them, they have hopped away - thus their name.