Which is YES!

"for this amazing day...which is YES!"

The note cards order is done; waiting now for proofs, edits, and final details. I should have a full inventory of 50 to 75 of each item available for April and May events.

The “Altamons Trees” image is the second of three 6 x 8″ cards I’ll be getting. Hope you like it. Click image to enlarge.

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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. Nice, Fred. I’m curious; the poem uses the words blue and green, but you chose to pair the poem with a black and white photo. I guess I’m just real partial to color photography. I admit that your shot looks extremely good and artistic in black and white.

  2. Glad you asked. Maybe a poetic leap, but our sky can actually be blue, and the trees green, and we are oblivious to the YES of it.

    Take a monochrome day; learn to stop long enough to see the greenly spirits and the blue dream of sky in your mind and in your heart–even when the sun doesn’t shine.

    There was NO green and NO blue in this original early morning shot in early March, as a matter of fact.

  3. Like it? I think it’s great. The shot is wonderful, and to quote e.e. cummings……….. sets it just right.

    Can’t wait to see the full inventory.


  4. The higher power in the trees and the swirling spirits are so apparent in the photograph it almost goes without saying God. But the God part is good, for me and for most of my friends at least.