I am available to lead individuals and small groups on natural history hikes in Plumas and adjacent counties. I have been exploring the northern Sierra for many years and am familiar with the flora and fauna, ecological relationships, and means of identifying plants and animals. I have also taught nature journaling and am willing to organize explorations with a focus on journaling. Prefer initial queries to be via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, I will be teaching a one-week intensive nature journaling workshop at the Feather River Art Camp (Held at Oakland Feather River Camp near Quincy) in June, 2013. Type Feather River Art Camp into any browser for details.
I have been teaching since 1965 and have recently started a writing/art/photography "career" via my own publishing company, Black Oak Publishing. I love where I live in the northern Sierra of California.
Coming from a Table Mountain wildflower display where my frame of reference is a myriad of bright colors, a walk in the local woods seems to consist only of green and brown. Spend a little time here, though, and you realize why the artist's palette includes as many as a dozen or more varieties of brown. I think I'd need that many, or great skill at blending, in order to render the subjects pictured above in my journal. I peeked under many pieces of bark and small rocks, and found a few centipedes, but it was still too cold for most invertebrates to activate. Planning a mid-day hike tomorrow on the other side of the valley with a southern exposure. That should be the equivalent of moving a month ahead in the season. I fully expect to find several species of flowers blooming and a variety of invertebrates below the duff. My Sunday evening post should include colors other than brown.