Morning Missed

Autumn Morning Floyd County Virginia

“Sure, we can go together” she said, and I acquiesced, even though I’d have chosen an obligatory continuuing ed topic more, er, meaty than “Fat Cells and Disease”. But it was in Roanoke (not many decent courses come any closer than Charlotte or Charlottesville) and we both needed the CEUs.

Now she’s bailed on me (couldn’t find anyone to swap workdays) and instead of spending a day on Goose Creek watching the sun come up on barn and pasture, I’ll be on everybody’s favorite I-81 fighting the tractor-trailors as the sun comes up.

So I’ve made this scene of autumn’s morning mist my Thinkpad desktop image now, so that from the Airport Wyndham Motel I can imagine being someplace else even while hearing once more about Metabolic Syndrome, Hypertension, Heart Disease and the hundred mortal wounds that excessive flesh is heir to.

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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. Perfect lavender mist in this usually brown to orange to yellow season. Just keep staring at it and clicking your heels together like Dorothy.

  2. While in Meadows of Dan one of my neighbors came over who is a newspaper writer and blogger. Your name came up and we had a long discussion as to whether you should be known as a great writer/photographer or great photographer/writer. Pictures like the one today adds to the debate.