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.
This is the first time I've posted to this blog from a coffee shop. I'm spoiled. The Internet here is soooo fast. A couple of days ago I checked on the Oak Treehoppers in my favorite California Black Oak on the FRC campus. I usually post only close-ups, but today I thought I'd start with a photo that shows the scene where they live. You can see how easy it would be to enjoy fall colors for years and never know these little beauties exist. But when you come up close, you see wonders. They're less
than a half inch long. Click on each photo for a better idea of what they look like. Turns out the next day they were gone. Likewise, the little colony on the biggest oak by my driveway disappeared on the same day. I wonder if they sense the big winter we've been promised.