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.
Known as Diamond Clarkia, and possibly many other common names, Clarkia rhomboidea was abundant in the "rough" at the edges of the trail I hiked this afternoon. The generic name is after William Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and the species name is based on the overall flower shape, a rhombus, or more popularly known as a diamond. I have never seen an actual diamond in that shape except in a deck of cards. Nearby was another species of Clarkia, commonly known as Farewell-to-Spring. I'll dig through my digital extravaganza to find an image of it. I'm pretty sure I took a few photos of it on this same hike, although I was so hot and dry, I might have been hallucinating.