Nearly a month has gone by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I'm finding that teaching writing classes not only involves lots of time grading papers but also focuses my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but not focusing in the short run on material I want to post here. We'll see what develops. Let's just say, my cessation of blogging is not due to deterioration of my health. I might be back soon. It probably depends on how spring unfolds - wildflowers, lizards, interesting insects, etc., usually fire me up and prompt me to keep my camera batteries charged.
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.