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 took these photos a few days ago to celebrate the arrival of Spring. But, I couldn't find the words. Now I'm contemplating a trip to Table Mountain tomorrow, hoping to find a break in the rain. That's what I'll be thinking about tonight, so I still can't find the words. But, the words will come.
Mar. 28, four days later, here I am again. The arrival of blooming Shelton's Violet made my walk up to the FRC water tank a pleasure. My mind was already wandering toward the planned Saturday trip to Table Mountain. In preparation for what I might see and what I would specifically look for, I reviewed previous Table Mountain posts on this blog. Got a chuckle when I discovered a comment posted back in 2015. A guy from South Africa commented that the "real" Table Mountain, the one in his country, was the superior nature experience. I wondered if he had actually visited ours, or if he deduced that from the photos on my blog. At any rate, I don't see it as competition and feel a bit sorry for anyone who does.
I go to Table Mountain for the total experience, not just the flowers. So, this excellent specimen of bear poop on the road up to FRC's water tanks reminded me of the scatological possibilities at Table Mountain. I know the cows will not disappoint.
THere was a trickle of a stream meandering down the hill in the dirt road leading to the water tanks. It is fed by leaks and/or overflows, I'm not sure which. But there's enough water to support Watercress (above). A scrawny specimen, but Watercress nevertheless.
This friendly Pacific Chorus Frog did not resist being picked up, nor did he jump out of my hand. I held him for a couple of minutes and got photos from different angles before placing him where I caught him.
Last, a harbinger of the next wave of wildflowers at this site, some new leaves of Lupine.