I have a morning of meetings starting at 7:00; this means I’ll miss the morning spiderwebs in the pasture, and here among the foxtail grass would have been one place I would have started looking.

This is one of those backgrounds begging for something for the eye to focus on–not a great image in its own right, but perhaps with a dew-heavy web between the tallest spikes, glowing silver just as the sun peeks over the ridge…

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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. Every photo of yours that I’ve seen rate A+ to me. As an aspiring photographer, I look at them not only with admiration and pleasure, but too, with eyes that look to learn.