This has not been a busy year on my blog, having sometimes gone a month or more without posting anything new. Currently teaching three college classes online from home, and not finding much time to write and post images for the blog. One more week in the semester and Spring has sprung, so that should change. I have a backlog of several dozen photos taken in the last few weeks, so I will soon be posting them along with stories of the experiences I'm having along the way. My overall theme is generally concentrated on flowering plants and their symbiotic relationships with their pollinators. When the mood strikes, I insert philosophical and political comments. Please feel free to share your comments, but please be nice. I try to be.
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.
The title of the photo is "Haze." There just happens to be an airplane in it. I like to watch the airplanes coms and go as I wait to pick up my son from work. When I look at the same mountain every day (Claremont), I become more aware of details, like visibility toward the East (Reno) and the West (Spanish Peak), and estimate visibility based on known landmarks. The amount of haze from the Yosemite and Redding fires, and maybe sometimes from Mendocino County, has been so intense that I've given up my afternoon hikes up Boyle Ravine for the time being. Today is a "Red Alert" for even more intense haze today in Reno where I'm planning to be. I can't help but wonder of the animals, from mammals on down to the lowest invertebrates, are similarly affected. Do the deer move more slowly or graze less? Are the earthworms bothered by it? Does it affect how the airplane breathes? Sad that I have to contemplate these things. I think I'll make time in this day for a rain dance.