Headwaters ~ Two

Nameless Creek in a season of plenty
Nameless Creek in a season of plenty

I’ve taken shots here before, butt…

I squatted down to get closer to creek level for this shot, but suddenly realized the water was so much higher on my boots that the seat of my pants was in the creek.

Small price to pay, I suppose.

Water Fact: Worldwide, big investors like T. Boone Pickens are buying up water rights like they have bought up oil. Some have predicted that the next wars will be over water.

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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. Hi Fred, stopping by to say, “Hi,” but can’t resist… if all you’ve got going against you is a soggy but from that glorious creek, you’re doing okay, my friend. Congratulations on a successful 2009 and keep up the good work!


  2. Received my calendars yesterday. Thank you! The pictures make me yearn for Floyd County. They pictures turned out really great on the calendar. Thanks!