Light in Dark Places


I think I’ll just leave it at that–a figure of speech not signifying any inner state but only a description of a pattern of light and dark.

I will tell you that I was sitting on a hay bale when I took this shot, and that the original lines were boringly parallel.

Distortion applied from that same hay bale by the IOS app, Enlight.

I’ll likely have a few more “shots taken while bored” over the course of the week.

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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. This time of year, the images tend to get more abstract and often in black and white, nature being stripped of saturation and all but the most elemental forms. Won’t be long before the ICE FOLLIES!