Kingdom: FungiThat's the best I can do to name this tasty looking pudding-cake living thing I walked past in town a few weeks back. I had a mind to ask for a big glass of milk to go with the cinnamon-chocolatey delicacy.No I didn't bite into it. But don't you think it's tempting, served here on a bed of mulch, with a pine-tree garnish?
Let's just say I need to pay way more attention for a day or three to what goes on under my feet than to what goes on in this Chinese Fire Drill of a world of ours.All world and no play makes Fred a dull boy.So today, other than slashing up some final-crop tomatoes into freezer bags, I'm off duty. I leave you with this image I remember taking but not exactly where I took it.I do recall it was some stuffy place where a grown man down on his knees in the foundation mulch probably entered the conversation around the … Continue Reading ››
In Alabama, we'd say it was ray-ud.All I know is that on an overcast chilly day last week, it was dazzling in its contrast to an otherwise lifeless monochrome forest floor already starting to get its carpet of fallen leaves.This lovely fall fungus is known by some as scarlet hood or scarlet wax cap.We call it that ray-ud one that comes up on the middle path in the late summer when the leaves begin to fall.
I've always liked the word "confluence" for the fact that, if I could see and hear through the wall in front of me, I'd experience the joining music and rush of Goose Creek where it merges with Nameless Creek.Both of "our" creeks are jump-across-able streams alone; together they gain breadth and depth, power and voice.So I woke up this morning with a gentle rain on the metal roof overhead and have been spinning over and over this notion of flowing together. It is uncertainties and ideas, fears and hopes of my neighbors that are coming together now in an exciting, bewildering, … Continue Reading ››
Come join our community at the premier showing of a newly released, independent documentary about Floyd County’s precious water resources. The film titled “To the Last Drop” was created and filmed right here in Floyd, and features some of our local landowners and water experts.Fred First, Mark Sowers, Jeff Walker, Mark Grim, Lydeanna Martin, Dennis Dove and Jane Cundiff are featured in the movie; Bernie Coveney provided the background instrumental music.Professional videographers from Virginia Tech, Chris Risch and Grazia Apolinares produced this poignant 43-minute movie that is not only educational but visually and emotionally inspirational.This premier showing will be presented for FREE at the … Continue Reading ››