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.
After loading up rotten firewood and palettes, as mentioned in my previous post, I needed to seek some shade and a drink of water. I usually keep my camera handy when dealing with my woodpile. So far I've missed a few Alligator Lizards and various speedy beetles, but I stumbled across this patch of blooming thistles in the shade of a Douglas-fir. What I thought was a very fat insect turned out on closer inspection to be a mating pair. Click on the photo for confirmation.
Just a few seconds after taking the first photo, a third beetle showed up. Turns out it was another male who managed to chase off the one in the first photo. This was one of those times I wished I had video skills. Hard to capture the interesting battle that ensued in a series of still photos, so I've just posted these two. Your imagination can fill in the blanks.