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 email@example.com 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.
In the forest between the northern terminus of Oakland Camp and Gilson Creek off the sides of the Tollgate Creek trail, there are lots of Clarkia dudleyana, commonly known as Farewell-to-Spring. I first learned this plant on the last day of spring some five years ago. It seems they are blooming earlier every year, and this year the most abundant crop I can remember. Yet a lot fewer species of other wildflowers are blooming. My research into what is going on continues.
In the same area, there are lots of Penstemon blooming. Or, in scientific terminology, Penstemon sp. I am not sure of the species, and there are quite a few species of Pentstemon that are purple. Of note, this is one of the several species of local wildflowers whose common name is the same as the scientific name. Another would be Rhododendron.