Today, With Power

Into the Forest, Dark and Deep
Into the Forest, Dark and Deep

Yesterday, no power: the morning storm wiped our electricity so all the things I needed to do then I will have to do this morning. Especially I need to run through the digital images interlaced with book excerpts that I’ll read for whatever audience assembles this afternoon at Warm Hearth Retirement Community Karr Activity Center for this little presentation.

Today’s program will be a first run using the ViewSonic projector, and a bit like rubbing your belly while patting your head–somewhat awkward in its choreography as I’ve not found an elegant way yet to control both the images to pause then continue and the levels for the music in the background to drop when I speak and come back up while images move from one to the next with the “Ken Burns” transitions.

From Warm Hearth, I’ll go meet Ann at the Jacksonville Center Art Show and Silent Auction. I’ll be toting the camera, snapping some shots for City Magazine whilst noshing crumpets, admiring the creations of known and unfamiliar Floydian artists and trying not to spill a plastic wine glass of merlot down the front of my shirt (the voice of experience.)

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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. What a great shot, Fred! I’ve been told that double-trunked trees are the result of prior logging. At least, sometimes ….