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.
When I first came upon this butterfly in the same patch of Daisies where I'd been photographing spiders for over a week, I thought it was a Pale Swallowtail. But, I decided to wait a while for it to come around the flower so I could get a full view of its back.
After four or five minutes went by, I saw just a little movement. A colleague stopped to say Hello and ask what I was doing. I said "waiting for this butterfly to come around to the front of the flower. As she left, she said "Good luck with that," probably not believing it would happen. I waited at least five more minutes; then it happened. I'm glad I waited. It turned out to be a closely=related new species, A Pale Swallowed-tail. :)