Bent Mountain This Thursday

Bent Mountain This Thursday

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Author, photographer and naturalist Fred First will present One Place, Understood: Belonging in Nature, Place, and Community on November 14th, 7:00 pm at the Bent Mountain Center 10148 Tinsley Lane, Bent Mountain, VA.

His digital nature and landscape photography help tell the stories of our relationship to place, nature and community, pointing toward a planetary ethic that he calls a Personal Ecology.

In the hour-long program,  First will present a “visual essay” from his photographic vision of belonging, a chapter from the “natural history of a biology watcher.”

First holds masters degrees in vertebrate zoology and physical therapy from Alabama universities, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession.

His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, in our natural diversity, social capital and Appalachian culture, old and new. His books and photographic note cards from Floyd County will be available for purchase at the event by cash or personal check.

Fred has maintained a daily photo-blog, Fragments from Floyd, for more than eleven years. He has been a biweekly columnist for the Floyd Press and Roanoke’s Star Sentinel and a contributing essayist for WVTF.

The program will offer opportunity for discussion. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

About

Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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