Nearly a month went by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I found that teaching writing classes not only involved lots of time grading papers but also focused my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but was not focusing in the short run on material I wanted to post here. Finally, in the month of July, I managed to resume my average of one post per day for the month. I plan to surpass that volume from here on out. What I post here, combined with my daily writing in journals, is mostly fine-tuning what I hope to publish in a memoir about my experiences in education as student, parent, teacher, supporter and critic.
Meanwhile, I am still available for guiding local nature hikes. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about rates and parameters of time, distance, and personal needs regarding matters of health and fitness.
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 consider myself the APP in this situation. Connected to the frog by a thumb-belly connector, the frog positioned himself in such a way that compelled me to push the shutter button. Thus, an amphibian selfie.
A side view of the same frog, but this time I made the decision on my own. :)
My wife, Bib, sitting on a giant oak limb. Click on the photo for an enlargement in which you can see the large patches of Goldfields (below) in the background.
Another of my favorites, in the mustard family, is the Lacepod. Looks especially nice when backlit.
The majority of the Seep Spring Monkeyflower were still closed under cloudy skies, and actually looked wilted. But I did manage to get a pair that were open. All in all, I saw only around a dozen
species of blooming wildflowers. In previous outings when I hit peak blooming time I'd get over a hundred. We had a great day anyway. This place is aways beautiful, even in mid-summer and fall when the streams and waterfalls have dried up and most flowers have long since gone to seed. I'll have one more post on last Saturday's trip before moving on to a new topic.