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.
Farewell-to-Spring abundant along the trail today, with over two weeks of Spring remaining. It felt like summer, though. The first time I discovered this plant was on the first day of summer several years ago. It seems to appear earlier every year, although it's possible I'm just getting better at spotting it. Known to botanists as Clarkia dudleyana.
Easily ignored on hikes is the tiny Spanish Clover, Lotus purshianus. Individual blossoms are around 1/4" wide, and they are often facing the ground and hidden by their green sepals. Outside the borders of my photos of this plant are often hidden fingers.