Debriefing

Moistest Forest in North America

I am in the midst of post-travel re-calibrating–of where and who I have been while non-native, touring, on a borrowed landscape, and of where I am from, belong and am back on duty once again. There are suitcases to unpack, garden plants to get in the ground, grass to mow. You know the drill.

So, following the path of least resistance, an art form of avoidance I have gone far to perfect, I have posted a phone-shot image my daughter sent me. And like many of hers, it shows me, with camera, totally absorbed: in this case, in Avatar Forest, or so we called it. And there were Entlings–armies of them.

It is actually the Hoh Rainforest. More, perhaps, on that later, after I dig out.

About

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.

2 Comments on “Debriefing

  1. I like that wording “post-travel re-calibrating” Yes, I know the drill…..been at it for years……. I am just waiting till I can re-calibrate.. and do some small travel……….. one day, I keep telling myself.

    Glad you are safe and sound.

    Mark 🙂

  2. I hope you will post your Hoh rainforest photos. I bet you really got into it, with your love of strange life forms.

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