Floyd Town at Night

Today is one of those days that He Who Hesitates is Hot.

Better get out to the garden while the soil is not saturated and the air is only 85% so. Gonna be a hot one, but we’ve been blessed with relative cool so far this summer.

The daily rainstorms (whose excesses have largely missed us in Goose Creek) do make for some nice towering cumulus. We mostly can’t seem them here in the valley as they rise at the base of the Blue Ridge escarpment in Stuart, Ferrum or Boone’s Mill to the south.

But this one down near Martinsville was evident on night a week or two ago as we left Oddfellas.

So once again, instead of more words of marginal interest, a photo for you. Now, to the weed patch!

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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. I envy you! We, in the Pacific North West, are just beginning to feel some warm weather (at last!). Fortunately, when the summer is so late, the warm weather will hang around well into October.