We will, overriding our former determination to never again leave the ground, fly off in the not too distant future, to a somewhat far-off landscape that is not the mountains. I will have  window -seat neck pain, of course, and this time, Walter Mitty, famous world explorer, will have something like the tool of his dreams in his sweaty little hands: the iphone app called Flyover Country. This Mapping App Makes Flying Way More Fun | Outside Online   https://www.outsideonline.com/2094356/mapping-app-makes-flying-way-more-fun I’m lead to believe that it is …

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You’ll note that I have protected the anonymity of the hunter as well as taking the precautionary measure of doing the same to the deer, so as to avoid any legal actions by relatives of the deceased. I can count on the fingers of one hand then number of times we’ve been surprised by another human voice on our trails. Then, generally, it’s a predictable neighbor who has a long tradition of using the “New Road” down from his end of Goose Creek Gorge …

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These spiny things are all over our forest trail. Together with a mother-lode of hickory nuts, they carpet the forest floor. It is, as they say, a heavy mast year–which the old timers says look out for a doozy of a winter to come. And the squirrels and chipmunks (and maybe turkey, ground hog, and others) will be harvesting the three-sided nuts for the winter soon to come. (You can see two nuts at 1:00 and 3:00 but out of focus.) So what tree …

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This is how easily I am enthralled: Yesterday I had a little “assignment” to be at Riverstone Farm at 8 a.m. to shoot photos of the SustainFloyd refrigerated truck as it was loaded with local produce for delivery to Floyd County Schools. This regular routine is part of the Farm to School project supported by a USDA grant obtained by SustainFloyd two years ago. And I do have the requisite shots of the truck loading on a very somber overcast day with no-so-great lighting. …

Extravagance of Weeds: Velvet Leaf Read more »

Take a slow, intentional-attentive walk in the woods with naturalist-photographer-author Fred First. Focus will be on the bigger-picture understanding of ecology and geology of this southern Appalachian landscape but especially will focus on the finer early-autumn details of fern, flower and forest. Turn rocks in the creeks, scratch and sniff, be fully aware in nature, nurture an appreciation for your own personal WHERE. Light refreshments of local food and drink provided to conclude the event conducted as part of the Southwest Virginia Outdoor Expo …

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