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 email@example.com 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.
I had to run an errand this morning to Old Donner Summit at an altitude twice that of where I live in Quincy. It was interesting, now that summer heat is intense in Quincy, to be able in an hour to go back to Spring. Our local species of Sidalcea, called Checker Bloom, reached a peak of blooming several weeks ago. The above photo is a higher altitude species of Sidalcea called Checker Mallow. I got this shot at a brief stop a few miles north of Truckee by a creek where the Donner Party supposedly perished many years ago. I walked just a few yards through a roadside meadow and found a few other interesting species such as the Purple Nightshade (two photos below) which has always been one of my favorites partly because of its relation to many edible plants such as the potato, the tomato, and eggplant. Perhaps more on the Family Solanaceae later. For now, it's off to the coast for a couple of days and some photography in a very different environment. By Monday, I
plan to post more photos of this morning's trip to Donner, then follow with reportage on our trip to