Snow Globe Like the Present

IMG_3604GandySnow_480Words fail me this morning.

Well, that’s not exactly true. It’s more a matter of this morning’s words belonging to an 11 page grant proposal that had to be edited for a deadline–today; and a SustainFloyd website post about the upcoming Movie Night. Link Here.

This image I posted last week during the snow, but only at Facebook, I discovered. So some of you might enjoy seeing it. Larger version HERE.

I think it might show up in this week’s Floyd Press.

Image taken, needless to say, with the iPhone 5s–probably using ProCamera app, rendered in Photoshop, then mood added with Topaz Adjust 5 or Simply 4 filter tweaks, adjustment layer masks and paint with black. Snow scenes like this seem surreal to me, and that’s the feeling I like to impart to certain of the winter’s “snow globes.”

Also here’s a 30 second video from that same winter walk, using Steady app, which creates a nice snow-fall capture, though the dog failed to perform as soon as I turned the camera on.

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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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