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.
All I can say at the moment is that April has been a pretty good month for hiking and wildflower watching, but not for blogging. I've taken at least a dozen outings with camera and notebook, but only posted three times. Rather frustrating. Not enough time in a day, not enough Internet bandwidth at home, not enough time to wait for the slow uploading, and too many distractions - the rather scary presidential election campaign not the least of them. I do have a growing archive of photos taken in April, so we'll see what develops here. Exciting short drive yesterday yielded my first spotting of Scarlet Fritillary. Lots of them! Also, lots of Saxifrages blooming on rock walls, Hartweg's Iris blooming through the pine needles, and lots of Red Larkspur along the roadsides. Hopefully, if I'm fresh in the morning, I'll catch up a bit with more photos and reports. My wife got the above shot of me on the top of Monument Peak, looking more or less westward.