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.
I was ostensibly out looking for wildflowers today, especially looking to see if the Mountain Lady Slippers were blooming, which they were. But there was such a variety of bug life active, I couldn't help myself. I don't have the means to identify all the tiny ones. I just enjoyed seeing them. Especially the ones that like to land on the bright green water tank in Boyle Ravine. I pretend it's a moon made of cheese, and the bugs are humongous. The sixth photo from the top might not look like a bug. That's because it isn't! It's the seed of a composite flower, probably a Dandelion or a Salsify. The next to last photo appears to be some white foamy substance on an alder branch. Turns out the stuff moves, almost looking like it's boiling. There are nymphs of a bug inside, mealy bug nymphs.
The bottom photo is a gathering of Aphids on the stem of Salsify.