Nature. Blogging: Nature Blog Network!

Wild ginger and "branch lettuce": click for larger view

If you haven’t been a regular visitor to the Nature Blog Network and the kind of natural history / earth-care / relationship to the biosphere topics you see rather frequently on Fragments are of interest to you, then do drop by an peruse the breadth and depth of thought and knowledge from dozens of nature-writers and photographers whose blogs are aggregated at the NBN.

And while you’re there, I’m pleased to direct you to today’s featured blog which just happens to be Fragments from Floyd.  Thanks Wren, Mike and others for the work they do to lift up our world’s non-human neighbors–one of which just said hello for the first time this year: a whippoorwill just outside my window!

I don’t know if there will be any seismic shocks in what you’ll read in this interview. I do know it was good for me, as part of my blogging “state of the union” assessment here at the beginning of my NINTH blogging year, to consider some of these blogging and writing questions just now.

It might make for an interesting exercise if you take the questions, write out your own answers, and send a link to your related post, and get the conversation going.

Why does nature matter? What is the cost of indifference to and ignorance of the natural world to today’s children and tomorrow’s voting and consuming adults? How would the future of today’s top environmental crises be dealt with differently if it were not for voices and actions of bird watchers, wildlife lovers, gardeners, naturalists, outdoor recreators, grandparents and those of  all ages who acknowledge the sacred in the natural world and our obligations to it?

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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. Congratulations on your selection by NBN to be the featured blog! Can’t wait to read the interview.

  2. One thing that’s particularly bothered me about the coverage of the oil spill currently in the gulf is that coverage seems to center on its effect on the fishing industry,while little has been mentioned about its likely effect on breeding birds and perhaps migrating birds as well. It’s as though reporters of that crisis don’t know or care about that.

  3. I like the way your story has expanded with the passing years…It seems we’ve walked the road with you, which I guess, is part of what keeps me coming back.

    Let’s keep walking the “Slow Road”. There are a few more miles and days to still be explored.

    Great read…

  4. yo Gary…glad you’re still traveling with us. Most have dropped off along the way so the road is about the same speed of slow as always but lately, sort of a deserted road. But miles and days yet ahead, as you say, and I enjoy my own company plus that of a few familiar faces and the unexpected stranger every once in a while who is going my way. I think of the Floyd Press and Star Sentinel columns along with the blog, but what the heck would I do with all these words and images?

  5. I’ll head over to the NBN – I recognize both of these plants from my forays on my property – I thought the wild ginger was blood root, though. Perhaps they are in the same family?