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Barn on Daniels Run — a Foggy Day in June

I am a man without a country–well, a man without an ftp folder for his photos, anyway. That’s just about as sad. But Ellis Island is appearing over the horizon. I’ll have my new citizenship papers soon, and you’ll see the snapshots. Again.

For now, I’ll just send you from this colorless, imageless post to SmugMug for your Blue Ridge view for Tuesday.

As it turns out, I did have my camera in the car with me that day, even though I’d only been going to town for a morning meeting on a drizzly-foggy summer day. Fat chance I’d actually take any pictures, I thought, but it’s a cinch I wouldn’t come home with any if I left the camera bag at home.

Just as I was ready to take the last turn towards the house, I noticed the fog rising fast over the crest of the hill and headed our way. If I went another couple hundred yards farther up Daniels Run, I might be able to stop and look back and catch just enough fog for a photographic backdrop before it obscured any potential subject I might find.

I ended up with several nice perspectives of this old barn before the fog engulfed it, and was glad I’d given my camera a ride to town and back.

Moral: it’s better to pack it and not need it than to need it and not have it. That applies to umbrellas, extra cash–and cameras.

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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. Morning Fred, I have to say I agree with you on hauling the camera around. I now take mine everywhere since I don’t have to worry about frying film.

    As for the link to the photo…It seems to be broken. I think I found the right one, but I’m not sure.