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 email@example.com 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.
Yesterday morning, as I walked up the paved path to the upper campus, out of habit I inspected the lower branches of a California Black Oak that hangs over the walkway. In my mind's eye, I was looking for the annual arrival of the Oak Treehoppers which aren't really due for another month. With this continuing heat wave, I wondered if they would arrive at all this year. Then, I was startled to see a single, adult treehopper in a notch near the end of a branch. The above photo, hurriedly taken with my phone camera under poor lighting conditions, might be difficult to interpret. Click on it for a bit of an enlargement. Below is a reference photo from last year. This shows the two forms of adult
Treehoppers one might find around here. The one on the top of the branch is the form found in the top photo, and seems to be the more common one in most years. Note, the adults hanging below the branch have longitudinal body stripes. Compare them to the photo of juvenile Treehoppers in one of
my file photos from several years ago. Note the stripes run perpendicular to the body axis. Something really interesting (to entomologists) must happen before the last molt. As of this morning, the one I spotted yesterday is no longer there. However, now I'm hooked. I'll need to inspect that tree every day until our first freeze - maybe even afterwards. These bugs are true survivors.