Nature. Photography. What Else Is There?

Okay, it’s a GO! We’re into the final stretch, and there are still places 1) at the B&B for the weekend Nature Photo-Workshop Weekend ($60 per person–contact Claiborne House at link below to register), or 2) to sign on for the morning and afternoon hikes only ($35 per person, contact me to sign up and pay the morning of the event.)

These will be dual-purpose outings: 1) to identify and talk about the plants in (or out of) flower that we see along Rock Castle Trail–a very rich and diverse cove forest setting where we will see possibly 25 or more species in flower, including Virginia Blue Bells and all sorts of spring lilies.

Concurrently, we’ll be talking about photography challenges in the natural setting–close ups mostly in the morning, then longer vistas possible after lunch at Saddle Gap as we take a forest trail that opens into clearings along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

All the details are here. Be the hare, not the tortoise. Times getting short!

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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 hope you’ll do another of these workshops later – though spring is THE time! I would like to attend but not yet back in Floyd.