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.
During the first weekend in October, 2014, the Oak Treehoppers were active, as they are now. But, I
was way behind in my firewood splitting. I found these cedar rounds photogenic, so I took a break and got my camera.
I then wandered down the driveway a bit and found these huge fungi erupting through the pine needles. The second one pictured here got a little assist from me. I saw a mound forming in the pine needles, so I carefully scraped some out of the way. In a matter of days, there were 6 or 7 of these large beauties in the area, probably all parts of the same fungus connected beneath the surface of the ground. So far this year, there's no sign of them, but I do think I'll go check this afternoon.
On my way back up the driveway, the sun broke through a hole in the clouds and I got one more nice shot of the Treehoppers. I decided to play with them a while.
These last two photos show their size from another perspective and show that they are not to be feared.