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.
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.