Fertile Fern Fronds

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Were I still teaching, or if I thought there were blog readers who cared to know the minutiae of pteridophyte reproductive biology, I’d launch into a soliloquy about Interrupted Fern, the structure and function of sporangia, and the place of ferns in the history of land plants.

But suffice it to say that today’s post is lifted to the page simply because I like the title. Try saying it real fast followed immediately by the name of this blog.

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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. tongue twisters aren’t my thing….

    very interesting photo….don’t think i’ve seen this before. i actually would be interested in knowing what’s going on in the photo…..

  2. Great picture Fred. Thanks for sharing.

    You are always one of my most favorite reads so I tagged you with the “Thinking Blog” award on my site.

    Thanks for all the time you spend on writing your blog and sharing your world!