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.
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.