What’s The White Powder

IMG_4730natureUNK480Easy nature quiz. Guessing if I have at least 10 visitors to the blog today (which is not certain given recent trends) one of them will know how to explain the white dust in this image.


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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. Mushroom spores. If you place the mushroom cap on a piece of dark paper, cover it with an upside down bowl to prevent moving air from disturbing it, you will have a nice spore print in 24 hours.