Serving Suggestion: Slide Show


Back in May I titled the SmugMug gallery SUMMER 2008 but just kept dumping images in until last week. There are 100 now, most of them you’ve seen and some few of you regular (or irregular but for bran flakes) readers will recognize them from the blog posts over the past six months.

I wanted to link you straight to the slideshow, but alas, after dealing with tech support I learn that my Adblock extension prevents me (and will also prevent you) from clicking the link to start the slideshow.

So, if you’re interested a few minutes of pictorial history from Goose Creek (wildflowers and bugs, yellow labs, grand kids and the Goodyear blimp) either click the SmugMug slideshow link on the gallery page (upper right) or, if you have Cooliris (recommended!) that’s sort of a fun way to take in a bunch of pix all at once.

I’m thinking of doing more with the images in the coming year–such awful things as offering them on coffee cups, tee-shirts and calendars. Ideas welcomed!

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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 couldn’t figure what you meant by the “gallery page (upper right)” but I clicked on the Smugmug link in this post and saw the individual photos. I’m glad you linked me since I missed most of them this year due to being out of town. They are very good, as always. I recomend calendars as your next effort. Most of your photos are wonderfuly suited to them. Your flowers and butterflies/other insects would be great, and of course your scenics. People are still usning calendars as much as ever, while not as many folks are still writing notes, what with e-mail.

  2. I also like the idea of a calendar, maybe postcards. Floyd doesn’t have a surplus of good local postcards. Perhaps Green Label organics would be into images on their t’s.

  3. I need to find a less expensive place to get color printing done (now via Wordsprint in Wytheville) so the tedium of handling lots of small sales is offset by enough profit per unit to make it seem worthwhile. This usually means shipping work off to China etc which I resist doing.

    I did look into Post Cards and got some local prices on printing those that were not encouraging.

    Hadn’t thought about the T-shirt angle, suppose I’d sell the image one-time sales for use, dunno.

    Keep those ideas coming in, and thanks, y’all.