Nature Unknown

Grab shot, iPhone 5s, deep south lifeform.

That’s all the clues you get. Who will nail the name of this common nature feature?


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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. First thought is right, Barbara, and this one was low enough to the ground to be able to see, Gary–our magnolias are not the thick glossy leaved white flowered variety like this subject. We walked around historic Hillsboro NC among southern mansions from as early as 1757. The magnolias seemed right in place in that setting.