Creek Jots ~ 2012-07-24

â–¶ VideoSmideo ~ I was going to take the easy way out this morning and embed a two minute video of the garden, then move on to other things–like climbing a few more rungs up the immense ladder of my ignorance in using this HandyCam and iMovie. But a rung broke: a Vimeo clip can’t be embedded unless I’m a Plus user. That fact lowers my likelihood of becoming a paying member of Vimeo, if my early efforts can’t be shared with my blog readers. Meh.

So inelegantly then, here is the link to the Summer Garden 2012, taken a few weeks back. By now, the cucumbers have blighted, the beans are beginning to fruit, and we’ve gotten less than a half inch of rain since this view of the garden was taken. I’ve had to water from the creek, which will not last the summer at this rate. Rain everywhere. Not on Goose Creek.

â–¶ FloydFest Hikes ~ Hope to see some of you at the Outdoors Tent, which is where I think folks collect for the short nature hikes on Thursday at 630, Friday at 10 and 4, and Saturday at 1030. I am hoping for a small group, only because it becomes impossible on a rocky trail to have more than that number cluster to hear what’s being said. Not sure what I’ll find to focus on, but there is plenty under your feet almost always if you slow down and open your senses. I know I’ll have a good experience, hope the other hikers do, too. So I’ll be around the FFest domain this week, maybe we’ll cross paths.

▶ Virtually Everywhere ~ 360 Degree Aerial Panoramas of the Most Interesting Places on the Earth. Do this. You’ll be glad. indulge yourself in another different way of seeing the world. Enjoy the extraordinary ordinary of our home planet. This extraordinary work by a very dedicated group of geographer-photographers. Read especially what it took to get the Taj Mahal aerial views.

â–¶ One of the pluses of blogging, I told the very small group last night at the library, is that one’s blog becomes a kind of digital business card. People find you, and they can know you to the extent that you reveal your character and mission, style and voice in your regular entries over time. Turns out, I was “found” and interviewed about my life transition from physical therapist to stay-at-home blogger and would-be writer back in 2002. “How did you make that transition and land on your feet” she wanted to know. Some portion of that 20 minute phone interview will appear on Next Avenue, a PBS digital magazine “where grownups keep growing.” I’ll let you know when there’s something to read from that interesting conversation with the author of the future article.

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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. You can embed with a basic Vimeo account but the embeds won’t be in HD, which may not be a problem since the majority of users have trouble playing HD videos.

    If you upgrade to Plus your existing videos will remain and you can go back and embed them in HD.