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.
Earlier this morning, two posts back, I spoke of the apparent disappearance of the sole Treehopper I found on an oak branch yesterday. Just a few minutes after completing that post, I headed home down the same path, armed only with my phone camera. This time, though, the Treehopper was back - or maybe it was just my eyesight that was back. Steadier hand? Luck? I managed to get a passable photo with the phone. Holding the branch in a good position with my left hand, I managed to get a reasonably-focused few shots with my right. If you click on the photo, you'll see what I never saw, even while cropping the photo for publishing here. A crop of babies! Look in the upper right-hand corner.
In this differently composed photo, you can see the notch in the branches, also upper right, where I spotted the adult in the first place yesterday. Also, another view of the babies. This is amazing to me. Now I'll need to check on them every day and see what the season has in store for these creatures. On a cold morning, maybe I can get some good photos of them in my hand. I can operate my DSLR more easily with one hand, and also get sharper images.