The Last Sunrise

Cosmic Event

A foggy morning on Goose Creek–or anywhere for that matter–adds an element of soft uncertainty, a pleasant diaphanous ambiguity to the ordinary landscape.

Here, the “sun rises” as Earth spins towards it one more time. One never knows. Splintered light and play of contrast through the lens and “film” of the camera portend a cosmic disturbance–or visitation of unworldly and terrible beauty.

Hence, the title, a.k.a, the Atomic Jelly fish. Better imagined, enlarged.

About

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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