Nearly a month has gone by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I'm finding that teaching writing classes not only involves lots of time grading papers but also focuses my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but not focusing in the short run on material I want to post here. We'll see what develops. Let's just say, my cessation of blogging is not due to deterioration of my health. I might be back soon. It probably depends on how spring unfolds - wildflowers, lizards, interesting insects, etc., usually fire me up and prompt me to keep my camera batteries charged.
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.
I had to run an errand this morning to Old Donner Summit at an altitude twice that of where I live in Quincy. It was interesting, now that summer heat is intense in Quincy, to be able in an hour to go back to Spring. Our local species of Sidalcea, called Checker Bloom, reached a peak of blooming several weeks ago. The above photo is a higher altitude species of Sidalcea called Checker Mallow. I got this shot at a brief stop a few miles north of Truckee by a creek where the Donner Party supposedly perished many years ago. I walked just a few yards through a roadside meadow and found a few other interesting species such as the Purple Nightshade (two photos below) which has always been one of my favorites partly because of its relation to many edible plants such as the potato, the tomato, and eggplant. Perhaps more on the Family Solanaceae later. For now, it's off to the coast for a couple of days and some photography in a very different environment. By Monday, I
plan to post more photos of this morning's trip to Donner, then follow with reportage on our trip to