Nature, Music and Dry Feet

Beaver Dam at Blue Ridge Music Center near Galax / Digital Photo / Fred First / Floyd County, Virginia
I have some of the usual pics of “man pointing to concrete abutments for the future bridge.” Functional photos; predictable but not very interesting.

Whatever photo goes with the piece will be reduced to something like 2″ x 2.5″ max.

If this one will work, I like the fact that it shows the Music Center (Museum), the proximity to nature (a recently-constructed beaver dam and pond) and the stream that will need a bridge crossing so that the trails (more than 6 miles hand constructed by the local Trails club) can be officially opened to the public.

You can see a few more shots from yesterday’s excursion in this little Picasa gallery.

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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. The Music Center and Museum are in Virginia, but not by much! I passed a sign between the Center and Galax on 89 that pointed to “NC State Line” so it couldn’t have been far.