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.
During the past two weekends, I've hosted out-of-town guests who asked me to lead them to the Mountain Lady's Slipper orchids that live just five miles from my home. Both men were enthusiastic about wild orchids in general, so we started at the spot near Oakland Camp where we photographed the Cypripedium montanum, then moved on to Butterfly Valley then the canyon of the North Fork of the Feather River upstream from Caribou. The two orchids shown here were at that latter location. The California Lady's Slipper (above) and the Stream Orchid (below) are a sampler of the day's findings. I'll post more later. We also saw Rein Orchid, Spotted Coralroot, and many other species of wildflowers.