This seems a fitting image to show on a Monday morning–the view from work one morning last week–a bucolic scene you’d scarcely believe is a wedge of countryside remaining between a monstrous hospital just off-image right and the world’s (or at least SW Virginia’s) most infamous interstate (81) to the left.
I clutched a little bit of beauty before heading into the clinic to spend 8 hours with patients and paperwork. It helped to have indulged senses and memory in a small moment of tranquility before starting my day. Maybe it will help you, too!
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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.
Oh my. That is stunning. And, yes, it helps. Thank you, Fred.
Just gorgeous! It puts a good cap on the day for me!
Another exquisite photo of yours! And to think you saw this from work. Can you imagine all those folks who only see the tail lights in front of them on the way to work, caught in miles of bumper-to-bumper traffic, and when they do get to their destination, all they see is the cubicle wall…
How fortunate you are to have this to look at on a daily basis! Thanks for sharing.
Wow! Beautiful shot!