A Weekend in the Mountains

Last weekend I was on a retreat in the mountains of North Carolina near Valle Cruces. I spent an afternoon taking in the sounds and sights of this beautiful part of our state, and I would like to share a few highlights.


This video of a rushing mountain stream takes less than a minute.

Native wildflowers (click to enlarge):

Another view of the stream, just a few seconds.

All together an uplifting and invigorating afternoon to appreciate the simple beauty of this place.




About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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25 Responses to A Weekend in the Mountains

  1. Susi Lovell says:

    Thanks for the rushing stream videos. Lovely.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Elizabeth Olney says:

    Beautiful! Do take all these pics with your iPhone? They are really good!


  3. pbmgarden says:

    John, these are lovely scenes. The sound of water is beautiful.


  4. Prior-2001 says:

    uplifting and super nice – xxx- the video was a bit of calm today – many thanks


  5. Cathy says:

    What a wonderful state you live in John! As the others say above, gave me a peaceful start to the day (much better than reading the news!).


  6. A place I would love to visit…and now even more after seeing a sample of your visit into the woodlands. Someday! Hope your gardens are bringing great joy!


  7. Heyjude says:

    What a delight walking in this countryside is, I love the sound of running water, it has such a calming effect. And lots of wild flowers too. In fact if it wasn’t for that interesting barn in the first image this could almost be Shropshire 🙂
    (You should link this to this week’s wildflower post John)
    Jude xx


  8. John you showcase North Carolina beautifully. Thank you.


  9. Travel Nurse April says:

    Beautiful photos!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. lexklein says:

    I went to camp for years in western NC, and your photos bring back some wonderful memories of that beautiful area!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Hi John.. I’m watching your blog since a good while.. I have a feeling that gardening is very fulfilling for you, especially after career in US Navy.. Cheers from Ireland, Swav @ PaintingsbySwav


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