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.
These six finish my story of yesterday's hike on the FRC nature trail. With several hut sunny days in the forecast, I expect to see significant changes in the scenery by next week. I'll pay a visit and report back. for ow, here's the way the beat-up Leopard Lily (above) looked when I first approached. In my previous post I tilted it for a more attractive view. This one is attractive to me in its own way. This is probably how John Muir liked his flowers.
In the darker parts of the forest along the trail there's a lot of Brewer's Angelica blooming. A member of the carrot family, Apiaceae, it is easily confused with the famed Poison Hemlock, so don't take any chances.
Here's a nice crop of some sort of bracket fungus at the end of a fallen Douglas-fir.
I like the more open parts of the forest, alternating Ponderosa Pine and Black Oak, faily open underneath so no machetes needed.
Yellow Salsify is doing fine this season. In my yard and on roadsides, and along the nature trail, it's often a good place to see visiting bugs, but not nearly so much as the daisies which happen to be in the same family. I'm looking forward to the later part of their life cycle when we see colonies of aphids being tended like herds of cows by small ants who feed off their "nectar."
Clarkia rhomboidea, a close relative of the Check Bloom featured in earlier posts. The genus is named after explorer William Clark.