Flying High

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Yesterday’s Smokies scene formed the backdrop for this inner-and-outer-space monochrome moon kodachrome kite composition.

The same family that worked hard to disk the field with the Massey Ferguson also played hard (and for more than an hour) with this long-tailed kite.

The moon just happened to cooperate for an instant when the sail lost altitude briefly in a slack wind.


About fred

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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