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 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.