Morning Meadow

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She scolds me when I don’t stay in lock step on our ramble around the walking loop. But how could I leave such glorious light to bloom unseen? I had to stay behind. This was one of those times when light makes the image, the image in a sense is of the light and certain objects–a half dozen Black-eyed Susans that didn’t fall in the pasture mowing–just happen to fall in those misty shafts. Larger image here.I’ll have more images from this same morning of light. But before I forget…This weekend: busy busy busy! July 7 and 8, Saturday and Sunday, marks two nearby events. The first, the Wine Down the Music Trail festival at the Floyd Fest grounds. We’re going on Saturday afternoon.And nearby, just off the Parkway beyond Mabry Mill is the Crafts in the Meadow Festival at Mountain Meadow Farm and Craft Market, where the motto is “Uniting Southwestern Virginia’s Artisans and Craftsmen With Local Heritage Farmers to Preserve the Traditions of Days Gone By.”

And on Sunday, along with a half-dozen other authors, I’ll be sitting in a lawn chair behind a stack of signed books, fanning myself under the book tent in the heat of the day–there to serve the literature-hungry throngs clamboring for something to read. They’ll especially be looking for locally-written slice-of-life memoirish works from Floyd County. Right?

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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. A spiritual picture, worth staying behind to see! Your morning walks must be an experience in beauty!