The Sun Also Rises

Just a quick grab-shot post–the first warm-from-the-oven image to grace these pages since the leaves and thermometer fell five months ago.

I had not expected this view when I headed over to the barn yesterday morning. I looked up and the standing stalks of Queen Anne’s lace and pasture grasses were wet with dew, glistening in the sun’s light just peaking over the ridge. Amazing!

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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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