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.
On certain cloudy, cool, and humid days, the Crimson Columbine are mostly hanging low, so when I approach a patch, I first see nearly all the blossoms from behind. I don't know if it's an example of the Hawthorne Effect or just my cantankerous nature, but the flower seems more beautiful from this perspective. At least it did when I took this photo last Wednesday while mainly in pursuit of Mountain Lady Slippers. It occurred to me that lots of things sometime look better from behind - certain cars, like perhaps the Edsel, certain people, a classic caboose, rattlesnakes? Maybe me.