Nearly a month went by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I found that teaching writing classes not only involved lots of time grading papers but also focused my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but was not focusing in the short run on material I wanted to post here. Finally, in the month of July, I managed to resume my average of one post per day for the month. I plan to surpass that volume from here on out. What I post here, combined with my daily writing in journals, is mostly fine-tuning what I hope to publish in a memoir about my experiences in education as student, parent, teacher, supporter and critic.
Meanwhile, I am still available for guiding local nature hikes. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about rates and parameters of time, distance, and personal needs regarding matters of health and fitness.
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've never seen this flower before my recent trip out to Butterfly Valley Botanical Area. That's because I've only visited the place during Spring and early Summer. One common name is Grass of Parnassus. Interesting name to research. Even more interesting to me was the family affiliation. It has been a member of at least a half dozen families over the years. Some of those names are now extinct, superseded by other names. In some cases the plant has been switched from one family to another, both families continuing to exist according to botanists. My most-often used field guide, the one by Jack Laws, lists it as belonging to the Saxifragaceae. No other source I've found places it in that family. The "ground" keeps changing under my feet. I find this flower exceptionalyl beautiful.
The greenish veins in the white petals are special. Quite often I find white petals difficult to photograph because of what digital photographers call noise. But I'm satisfied with these two photos. I hope you are, too. Click on them for closer views.
These next two photos were also a new experience for me. The dried up flowers of Darlingtonia, the Pitcher Plant, or Cobra Lily, or.... the list goes on. In late summer in this dried up condition, I found them intriguing. My lack of text when I first posted the photos had nothing to do with a "guess what this is" contest, but a few people did guess and asked me what they were. Everyone guessed wrong, but that's OK. After all, I've often mistaken a paper bag for a fox or bobcat while driving late at night and not fully awake.
I'm intrigued by the annual life cycle of these flowers while at the same time the cobra-like leaves are always green, or, while some dry up and turn brown they are continually replaced by fresh green ones - sort of like evergreen trees. Anyway, I hope to get back to filling out some of these recent posts that lacked texts, but now I have to take a break and do some lesson plans for tomorrow.