Sunrise on Goose Creek

image copyright Fred First
If I had been 30 seconds later with this shot, I would have missed the colors that flashed across the clouds about 7:00 yesterday morning.

Beauty is often so fleeting. Let’s keep our eyes open for it.

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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. Fred, you missed your calling. every photo you take is post card/calendar/note card quality. This is spectacular. What a beautiful place you live in.

  2. Hey Fred,
    Is this an HDR image? Also, were your ears burning on Sunday morning when I had the pleasure to meet Gretchen and her daughter? I heard some mighty tales of you and Tsuga:)