Lost in the Translation

Celebrating the Landscapes of our Lives

Well heck. It looked so nice on my Mac.

I wanted an easy, small-file-size “display” of my upcoming presentations that will require more of the eyes than of the ears. But the Keynote to Power Point conversion left the text portion of the time-and-date slides overlapping the images. You’ll see what I mean–the baby’s too ugly to call much attention to it. The QuickTime .mov version that the West Lake library is (I trust) using in their lobby to promote tomorrow’s event (see left sidebar for details) should not be deformed like this.

The program I’ll be offering has 100 images with Ken Burns-like slide transitions and some nice Appalachian-Celtic musical background, and is a very pleasant way to think about all that we have to be thankful for in this season of our species, our communities and our families and in our individual lives.

The original had slide transitions and some nice Dvorak piano music as a background–all of which was lost in the upload.

So this small slide series doesn’t do justice to the presentation, but maybe it will give you a taste anyway.

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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 be the 100 photos will be a gorgeous survey of natural beauty. They ought to generate lots of appreciation, for both the photographer and the Master Artist.
    I am curious: your little preview, that you linked us to, has several identical pages of you and the time, date, etc. scattered throughout the photos. Whazzup?