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.
The California THistle is the only prominent wildflower I'm seeing on my local walks. Most of the daisies have shriveled up and/or gone to seed. The few that still look fresh to the casual observer have quit producing nectar or fragrance, so bugs are not landing on them. August usually features a variety of yellow flowers. The late-season bloomers include St. John's Wort, Bitter Brush, and Goldenrod, but I'm seeing very few of these compared to past years. Fortunately, for one who loves the pairing of flowers and bugs, the thistles are still active. Above is a California Crescent, a new species to me. I think earlier careless observations had me thinking these were Fritillaries or Checkerspots Glad to add a new one to my "life list."
I really like to watch the Skippers (below), especially when their tongues are clearly in view. Most summers I see these in abundance on Bitterbrush, but not this year.
Last, another angle of view of a Skipper plus some kind of bee. THey apparently do not mind each other's company. We still have most of August to go. I hope there will still be signs of life.