We have out of town company. We have grass growing. We have a dessicated garden dependent on arms and legs for its liquid needs. We have a long shopping list for Blacksburg today.

So all those exuses taken together, I’m not getting anywhere with a blog post this morning. So when such things happen, I look in my images and see if anything there prompts the Muse to get off her keister and help me.

And she did. Sort of–by shifting my ruminations from the notion of textures–which this close-up of a hosta leaf in the garden of Grateful Bread in downtown Floyd evoked–to the writing at greater length on the subject of textures by my eloquatious friend Randall, complete with many pictures of Floyd’s varied and variegated surfaces.

Please go to Floydiana–Randall’s online presence that lives in a words-and-images taxonomic realm all its own: not a blog, not a book, not a breadbasket. Survey his survey of bumps, humps, ridges, rust, rocks, sheep, trucks and river cobbles in his own tribute to TEXTURES.

And maybe by tomorrow, the cat will give me back my tongue.

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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. Randall’s textures were a nice tour of your locale. Allen enjoys taking similar texture photos. I noted he used your sycamore photo, too. Amazingly colorful. The blues, yellows and greens in the hosta leaf are, too.