Earth and Sky: Floyd County Panorama ~ May 2010

Republic of Floyd Colors: Green and Blue

I was getting a bad case of folding-metalchair-butt yesterday in two back to back meetings in town, while outdoors, the sky was putting on a grand display of morphing clouds and light.

Fortunately, near dusk, there was enough light to grab some images to stitch together for a pastoral panorama. The small image here is sad–you just can’t do justice to landscapes at 480 pixels wide. So click the image to see a larger version.

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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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8 Comments

  1. I’m beginning to understand, you don’t choose the most direct route home, rather you seem to prefer the most panoramic.
    Might come from living down in in a holler?
    The cloudscapes of the plateau are as remarkable as the landscape, thanks for taking the slow way home.

  2. It is the cloudscape that draws me irresistibly into the landscape. Had it been a cloudless early evening, having dinner would have been a higher priority than photography! I could NOT let those clouds go to waste!

  3. Fred, that is just an awesome shot! I can’t seem to figure out the panorama thing, especially when it comes to capturing sky photos. I bow to your expertise!

  4. OMG !!!!
    It’s beautiful.
    This is what drew me to your website years ago…your beautiful photos, especially the sky/landscape photos. The larger version is stunning.
    Thanks Fred !!

    LotsofSky&Wideopenspaces
    Mark

  5. What a gorgeous cloudscape. I’m so glad you were rewarded for your patient meeting-attending. I know that scene made your spirit soar. I agree with Mark: it’s your photography that I love best.

  6. Fred – Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos! They are ALL absolutely gorgeous!

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