Please Pick Five: Autumn NoteCards


I’ll need to make the choice very soon, so if you can help, I’d be much obliged.

If you go to this SmugMug gallery, you’ll find 13 possible contenders for the FIVE notecards that will be printed as the next PhotoNoteCard series.

Note the images are numbered (AutumnCards 1-13). If you would be willing, in comments or email send me the numbers that correspond to those five cards you’d be most likely to want to purchase or receive. This will really help me to get a larger-world perspective.

Once we’ve decided which cards to use, I’ll create a little backofthecard caption and get them off to WordsPrint. Hopefully, they will then be available for upcoming events, though unfortunately, not in time for the Heritage Festival and related town activities this upcoming weekend in Floyd.

UPDATE/MONDAY: As you can see in the comments (and there have been many email responses as well) the vote for favorites is adding numbers; more than 25 have contributed and some trends are definitely showing up. I will hope to tally and choose by 10 a.m Wednesday morning so I can send the package to the printer. Hopefully, by the first of October (darn, about two months too late) I’ll have some Autumn cards to offer! Thanks so much for your help on this. 

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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 think you should use them all–they are marvelous! It was hard, but I finally narrowed down my top five: 1, 5, 9, 11 and 12.

  2. As someone who plans to visit Virginia next year, all of your photos were wonderful and were a lovely glimpse of what waits. It was hard to pick just 5. My favorites are 1,4,7,9 and 11.

  3. If it’s not too late, here’s my two penn’orth:

    3 – one of my all-time favourites of yours,
    4 – a toss-up between 4 and 9, but 4 has more colour variety and a more enticing road,
    10 – so evocative, I can just feel the chill air,
    11 – simply has Autumn written all over it,

    and I just can’t make up my mind between 1 and 12! Probably 12 balances the set nicely, showing that Autumn isn’t all brown leaves.

  4. My votes are for 1,2,3,5, and 8. Each has a fresh feel and is unlike much of what is already out there, stationery-wise.

    I had a hard time in the choosing, though!

  5. Fred, my all time favorite of your photographs is #1–it is magnificent. #3 is awesome. #4 makes me want to go on an autumn journey. #5 is an unusual close-up of a leaf. #12 tells me it is autumn, but it gives warmth by all those pink flowers. Those five are my favorites!