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 a short morning excursion photographing roadside weeds (previous two posts), I took a short afternoon hike a little way up Boyle Ravine and got some nice photos of native flora and fauna. Here's a brief fauna sampler from that hike. Above, I believe, is the first male Goldenrod Crab Spider I've ever seen. I've taken hundreds of photos of the females, but never saw one that I suspect was a male until now.
I tipped over a piece of Douglas=fir bark and caught this large ground beetle before it ran off, and barely caught most of a millipede before it dug into soft dirt. It's already pretty dry underneath most logs and boards I find in the woods. Soon I'll need to gain some elevation to get the photos I want. Maybe check out Brady's Camp this weekend. It might still be Spring up there.