Studies in Green ~ II

A kodak moment of cloud, color and light on a cool spring day
A kodak moment of cloud, color and light on a cool spring day

“I thought you didn’t like that house on the ridge” Ann questioned, surprised when I stopped suddenly on the way home from town last week.

“I have issues with unregulated ridge line development” I told her, “and I’d rather there was no house there, but there it is, a done deal.”

Grudgingly I added as I left the parked car with my camera:  “And the backdrop of dramatic sky and commanding placement like a castle on the ridge actually makes a better picture–with a focal point–than if there were no house there.”

Last weeks clouds were wonderful for several days running, the air clean and vistas razor sharp. Savor it. Soon the haze will settle in, edges will blur, leaves on trees lose the last vestiges of translucency they begin with in early spring. Pastures will go rank with multiflora rose. The torpor of summer will steep me full of lethargy and lassitude and the need to find the nearest ceiling fan. But…

The Roadside Bloomery will return! Stay tuned!

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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 love the photo………..beautiful sky and clouds…yes, I should love a house on a ridge like this……what a view of sky and land………
    vistas razor sharp……..I like that…

    have a great week