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.
Called Yellow Wood Sorrel, among many other names, Oxalis stricta is a native of this area although it is considered a weed by most people if it grows where they don't want it to. The above specimen is growing in what was my lawn. We've let the lawn die to save water while we contemplate designing a xeric landscape. Maybe if we do nothing we'll get an expanding crop of the sorrel. It's a very pretty plant. It produces seed pods which at a certain degree of dryness will pop open and send the seeds flying every which way. It's fun to catch them just before that happens and apply a little pressure so they'll pop in your hand. Back a few years in this blog I've posted photos of the seed pods. And there's always Wikipedia.