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Fragments from Floyd

Study in Winter #1

The way ice grows in Goose Creek fascinates me, and I’m sorry I haven’t chronicled the process over the past month. Still, where we live gets too much southern exposure. It isn’t nearly as good an ice garden as down the road a mile or so where the perpetual shade of the hills spawns crop … Read more

Winter Lights

My hope was to get to the back of the valley (the “Nameless Creek Gorge” I call it) before the sun disappeared behind the steep west ridge. I didn’t make it in time. By the time I reached my destination at 3:00, the lighting along the creek was already flat shadow. But walking back home–sad … Read more

Traces in the Snow

After it first falls, thick and smooth, deep enough to cover gravel and ground and all traces of autumn, I go out hesitantly into the new snow and leave the first blemishes in the unbroken white. In the beginning, there are just the boot tracks to the woodpile and the signs of the dog’s quick … Read more

Nature Imitates Art

I rushed frantically to reach the high clearing for a shot of the late afternoon light through a blue fog that lift out of the valley. That, I thought, was my reason to be there. With great purpose and focus, I rushed from my car at a favorite Parkway overlook, and while stumbling through the … Read more