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.
Found a beautiful Dogwood leaf on the pavement at FRC and got out my phone/camera. This was a couple of days ago. This morning I saw 9 Wild Turkeys within 15 feet of the path I was on. They didn't panic, so I stopped and carefully reached for my phone. Discovered that I had left it at home. Oh, well. When I got home, this photo I took a couple of Falls ago got my attention and the Dogwood leaf lingered in my mind. During that special Fall the Cascara Sagrada, a buckthorn, was bearing many colors of leaf simultaneously, and slight winds were dropping the full range on the ground. I gathered up six of them and placed them on a large sheet of white paper for this photo. These can be mistaken for Dogwood when they display this range of colors. This year, the same tree has only produced shades of orange and brown. No reds. And they all turned at once, so there are no remaining greens. I'm still hoping to see an Orange Peel Fungus soon, but with no rain in the forecast, maybe they'll skip this year.