A Bug’s-eye View of Home

Summer pasture wet with dew
Summer pasture wet with dew

I’m pleased to know that the second Wordsprint 5.5 x 8.5 post card mailing is in the works, including this beetle’s-eye view from our pasture, looking back at the barn (and house hidden in the maples) through the very wet morning grasses that hold each dewdrop like a planet or star in space.

I am also happy to learn this morning that Wordsprint and our old friend and Wordsprint owner, Bill Gilmer, and his staff have been recognized by receiving a national award of recognition by the NAPL. This is a big deal, and we are fortunate to have these services available locally.

Wordsprint produces my photographic notecards, and it has been a pleasure to work with them on the first four sets; a fifth is in the planning stage with images taken from the new book.

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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. Wow, looks like water in mid-air. In dry San Diego, I once watched the spiders reel in their webs that they had let out the night before to get their daily drink of ocean current dew.