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.
A view from my driveway. Low-hanging Black Oak and ground cover with Thimbleberry and Oregon Grape. At this time of year, I have to check the branches within reach for Oak Treehoppers. But I was only carrying my phone. Very hard to photograph these tiny critters with a phone camera. So, I took a few blurry pictures when I found a group on a low branch. Then I realized I live only 100 feet away. Go get the "real" camera. So, here are the results.
An adult on the left and a crop of young from middle to right. I haven't studied these "scientifically," but I've done a fair amount reading about them.I'm assuming the large one on the left is female because I like the idea of an insect caring for its young.
Here's a closer look at the adult. Click on it to get even closer.
And these young ones are probably the fourth or fifth in a series of molts that occur over a period of several weeks. The ones in this photo are approximately 1/8" long. The next molt will yield some new adults. I'll probably post about these insects one more time, and when I do, I'll explain what happens to these insects during the winter.