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.
I'm beginning to think that the secret to finding scenes like this is to forget to bring my camera. I've been walking by this spot in Boyle Ravine for ten years and have never before seen Washington Lilies. Today, while walking our dogs up the Ravine, there were two fully-blooming Washington Lilies, each with a cluster of 6 blossoms, right at the edge of the trail. I saw the stems and leaves a couple of weeks ago and assumed they were Leopard Lilies which I've seen here often. But they bloomed over the weekend and are Lilium washingtonianum. Fortunately (I can't believe I'm saying this!), my wife had her camera. I have this Luddite resistance to taking photos with a phone, just like I initially resisted digital photography. But film is essentially gone, and I am getting used to the advantages of digital. Maybe some day I'll be taking photos with a phone, but so far I'm resisting even owning one. Click on the photo for a closer view. Extraordinary plant.