First Light


 Morning breaks later each day now. We walk the dog before work with a flashlight, owls protesting in the distance.

We’re expecting rain over the next couple of days; I’ll believe it when it’s in the rain guage. If we get it, there might be a second cutting from the field.

Until then, this will be prime backlit dew, frost and spiderweb season.

Bow season starts in two weeks. As a stalking photographer, at least I don’t have to field dress my daily quota. [click image to enlarge]

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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. A breathtaking and refreshing photo. Nice post and satisfying interlude away from the political posturing you’ve taken to lately.