Currier and Ivy-er


Every winter, I hear it: “Take some pictures of the house.”

She says it lightly, as if doing the Dr. Zivago across the whited planes, putting face and hands at frost-bite risk, standing stark still in the single-digit morning light was the most casual touristy snapshot.

So here’s the image from Winter ’15-16. Currier and Ives, eat your heart out. Here is our “Old Farm House.” Click the image above to enlarge; detail matters.

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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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  1. This picture took my breath away, and I can see that details do matter. Until I enlarged the house picture could not see the ice on the stems across from it. Then those two small red splotches of color, just enough for your Christmas decoration, anymore would have detracted from the picture IMO.

  2. Love the picture, Fred. You have such a good eye for photos. The splotch of red on the front porch adds a lot to the photo. I also like how you captured the ice on the stalks in the front of the picture. Good job!

  3. Absolutely beautiful, Fred. You still do a great job with photos in spite of cold fingers. So glad TS is moving to Floyd. Yeah! Good place for him. Hi to Ann.