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.
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.