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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Returned from a 12-day drive to Pittsburgh, PA, and back on May 31. Went out to check on the wild orchids so I could keep several folks updated. One orchid lover from France plans to visit Quincy for a guided tour on June 8. I hope they're still in bloom by then. They're looking wonderful right now. I also hope some will hang on until Art Camp which begins June 18. It was during Art Camp several years ago that I first discovered the Mountain Lady Slippers at this site. I plan on leading two nature walks during camp this year, and the Lady Slippers will be a high point for many of the guests.
The Spotted Coralroot growing very close to the Lady Slippers is also an orchid, but one that is saprophytic (lives of organic matter in the soil and does not photosynthesize). This is a photo of the Coralroot I posted earlier. As of today, they've already passed their peak of blooming. Today I plan to make another trip to the site to photograph the pods.
On a hillside close to the orchids there's a patch of daisies which are among my favorite "insect magnets." On May 31, I spotted by first Goldenrod Crab Spider of the season.
I've managed to take quite a few photos in the local area during the past several weeks, but have not had time to keep up with the blog. Will begin to correct that lapse today - which I've just done! :)