Goose Creek Dawn


Crows crowing from wet branches in the half light, bats batting about zigzagging for a last bite before bedtime, and the fog descends into the cold crease of Nameless Creek. (Click image for a larger color version. Ah, the country life.)

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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. What beautiful photographs! And what beautiful rain!

    You mentioned a couple of posts ago that you were considering framing some of your photographs for sale. I encourage you to do so.

    I, for one, would be proud to have the black and white version of the photograph above on my wall!


  2. I am up at that time this am Fred – my fave part of the day.
    How do you get the “texture” that you do in so many photos – they have a “painted” feel