Hold the Ice: Winter 2009

Fire and Ice: Goose Creek 2008
Fire and Ice: Goose Creek 2008

We’ve had the rain this week and the creek is rushing at high decibels, well within its banks.

This morning, our record snow for the season: maybe a half inch.

What we have not had yet is the ice. The creeks have frozen at the edges, offered to close in the middle between the rocky banks with a solid sheet of sculpted ice, but so far, we’ve not had a cold enough few days in a row to make it happen. Surely I’ll get at least one ice picture for the 2009 ice season.

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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. I have been hoping for a few 2 hour delays for school. Teachers love some extra planning time. We had a little ice this morning but mostly just from rain across curves in roads.