Blue Ridge Autumn Notecards

See the picks that made the cut. This was not easy and your help was greatly appreciated!

Place your order soon! I only ordered 100 sets (plus 50 of the first set which also have a fall-ish theme) so let me hear from you if you’d like me to put you on the list.

What fun! More than sixty voters helped me decide which of the images to use for the THIRD set of Photographic Note Cards (“Blue Ridge Autumn“) from the crooked roads of Floyd County and there’bouts.

There were a few who selected as favorites the exact combination of pictures that will be in the set, but inevitably for most, some of your picks weren’t chosen.

In the end, I chose from among the top seven vote getters and picked five that I thought went together as a set as far as color tone and theme.

The barn at moonrise I ended up leaving out, though it was a very high scorer, because it didn’t fit so well with the autumn hues and because I’ve had some problems before with this card stock with uniform patches of sky coming out with a granular texture that wasn’t pleasing, especially for high ISO images (and this one required a 1/2 second exposure even at 800 ISO.)

But THERE WILL BE more cards coming, and you’ll see some of those that didn’t make the cut this time showing up later on. I hope to have TEN sets available by this time next year. And if you don’t mind helping, I really enjoyed your contributions. So thanks again!

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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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