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 email@example.com 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.
It has been exciting for me to see the emergence of Daisies and Milkweeds of various species and the great variety of bugs they attract. But as I walk in search of photo opportunities, I can't help but notice the passing of other seasons, such as the the time wild orchids, such as the Mountain Lady's Slippers (above and below) reach their peak. A few days ago I photographed these two as their blooms faded. Still attractive to me. They will be back next May.
Another wild orchid, the Spotted Coral Root (below) tends to stay in bloom a bit longer. In fact they are yet to bloom at some of the shadier forests at higher altitudes. In this photo, the yellow stalk is one that is still in bloom, and the brown one to the right is what remains of last year's specimen, probably connected below the surface.
The insects have their seasons as well. The bug resting (is it alive?) on a Chicory Blossom (below) appears to be upside-down. I found it an intriguing subject, but didn't have time to stay around and investigate. The bug might have had its last meal, laid eggs, or mated - some kind of final act - then keeled over (nautical term - hmmm). The Chicory will last for many more weeks and host many other visitors.
Likewise, this attractive butterfly. It might have been in the act of laying eggs before taking its last breath. It fluttered a bit when I touched it, but remained upside-down. I don't think this batch of eggs will survive.