Signs and Wonders


Hokey Smoke–what’s THAT!?

I happened to glance up and was startled to see this overhead. Of course we live way out and have very dark night skies. This is for real! I ran to grab my camera and capture it so you would believe me when I told you about what I had seen. Amazing! Click to enlarge. I’ll post an explanation later today as an UPDATE regarding this phenomenon.

UPDATE: Okay. I’m full of blarney. True, I did look up and see this. True, I was at first shocked. But it was INSIDE the house that this appeared in the sky(light) as the snow began to melt and the sky show through in this odd pattern that looks to me like a frozen planarian. But then, I have a warped and twisted imagination influenced by 30 years of biology watching and may too many Gary Larsen cartoons.

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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. That was interesting! pretty! The roughly parallel lines at the top and bottom made me think it was something man made somehow; and cosmic too.