On Chosing Your Battles

Victory is within his grasp
Victory is within his grasp--or is it?

I dunno. I thought there was a certain metaphorical and moral application to the sequence of photographs of two bucks who both thought at one point that victory was a possibility. Both lost. One is dead. And one–that still lived after some human intervention–got very lucky .

After some hours and with the help of a hack saw, the viable buck was released from the horns of a dilemma. Man, I know the feeling.

You got a tiger by the tail you can’t let go of? Chose your battles, eh?

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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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