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.
I just got back from feeding my neighbor's cat while she's out of town. In her front yard there's a single Tanzy bush. I haven't seen much Tanzy in the usual places this summer, so when I do see a bush I usually check it out for interesting visitors. On this particular outing, I did not have my Nikon, so I had to make do with my limited skills with the iPhone camera. The interesting visitor was an Ambush Bug. They tend to stay on the same plant, or even the same flower, for long periods, sometimes several weeks. So, I'll be checking on this one again. I'll bring the Nikon on my afternoon cat-care trip and hope for something more dramatic and better focused. Maybe a pair of Ambush Bugs mating, or an Ambush Bug actually ambushing some other kind of bug, or being ambushed by a spider. Stay tuned. If I'm not so lucky today, I may feel moved to go back to older posts from earlier years during Ambush Bug season that have photos of these kinds of occurrences.