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.
It's past my bedtime, and still very hot, so I'm postponing until tomorrow my promised message about "threats: rational and irrational." Meanwhile, here are some photos I took yesterday which will also be explained tomorrow. Supposed to be even hotter tomorrow, so I'll try to get this accomplished early. :)
It's now "tomorrow." I was splitting firewood and discarding older, rotten firewood and palettes, also old and rotten, that I've used to keep the firewood off the ground. In the top photo you see one of these palettes. I barely noticed a couple of white spots before tossing the palette further into the bed of my truck. As sweaty and tired as I was, I couldn't resist taking a closer look (above and below). Voila! The Bird's Nest Fungus. Click on each photo for closer looks. I've discussed the interesting life cycle of this fungus in earlier blogs, and usually mention them every year when they show up in season. Google this fungus and see what happens when a raindrop lands in the little cups, mostly 1/4" or so in diameter.