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Goose Creek Pest Control
Goose Creek Pest Control

A grown man sits under a tree for the better part of an hour. His purpose, his raison d’etre: to photograph dragonflies in flight. It’s harder than it sounds and about as joyous and wonderful a way to spend an hour as I can conjure. Or so it seemed when the sun finally broke free of a week of wall to wall rain.

And speaking of imagery: I’m still looking for a slide show program for two purposes. First, to set up as a running slide show preferrably with transitions and music tracks to run before/after various library and other presentations. Images would include a variety of color and black and whites from the new book and such.

Second use, for future programs I’d like to create and present that are more photography, less writing. Program topics could include such titles as The Natural History of Goose Creek, the Landscapes of Floyd County, Children in Nature, Natural Light and Composition for Digital Photographers, etc etc.

I’m running a very limited time trial of Fotomagico, impressive but the Pro version is more than $200. No way on my budget. iPhoto (which I have avoided) will take my CD of 130 images and do reasonable service at least for the running slide show purpose.

But I’m still looking, not quite satisfied. If you have recommendations, Mac users, I’m needing to decide by the weekend. Free is good.

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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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