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.
Last Thursday's rain has been dripping down the mountain, and as of yesterday morning, Dellinger's Pond had enough water to attract wildlife. I stopped by Early yesterday morning and was startled by a group of deer near the entrance. As I approached with my camera, they ran along the dam, stopping several times to see if was still in pursuit. Low-level early morning light made photography difficult, but here's the best image I got (above). As I walked slowly along the dam, I spotted a Grey Fox running through the pond weeds. I only had my 55mm lens, and by the time I got a shot off, the fox was at least 100 years away (below). I cropped the photo a bit, and it's just barely clear enough to be evidence of a fox. A fox made of pixels. I think I'll start mounting the telephoto lens before I go through the gate. More rain expected tonight and tomorrow, so this place might be come a good watering hole again soon.