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.
Three days ago I posted a photo of a blooming Yellow Wood Sorrel, Oxalis stricta, that was blooming in my otherwise completely dead and brown front lawn. I mentioned that eventually it would go to seed and the elongated seed capsules are fascinating as they burst open when they dry out and shoot their seeds every which way. Well, these photos were taken yesterday and the change has already happened. Click on each photo for a closer view and try to spot the seed capsules. They stand vertically and resemble tiny seed pods of Okra.
They were not dry yet, so I pinched one open to reveal the seeds. This plant is sometimes called
Sour Grass due to the acidic taste of the Oxalic Acid contained in the leaves. Sour Grass is not a particularly useful name since several other plant species that also grow in and near my lawn go by that name. They do taste pretty much the same however.