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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 Stallings, NC with his wife, in close proximity to six of his eight grandchildren.

A Photo a Week Challenge: OFF CENTER

A standard recommendation to create interesting photographs is to move the center of attention off center. It’s not just an oxymoron, but good advice. This week’s challenge from Nancy Merrill Photography is to share a photo with OFF CENTER as … Continue reading

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A Photo A Week Challenge: SOMETHING NEW

SOMETHING NEW is the challenge this week from Nancy Merrill. I captured this photo of a new arrival to my garden…this tiny bunny…just a few inches long. I was not particularly happy to see yet another rabbit preparing to take … Continue reading

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A Photo a Week Challenge: MOTION

How to capture MOTION in a still photograph is this week’s challenge from Nancy Merrill Photography. Almost everywhere in this world of ours one thing that is most likely in motion is water…water in rivers, steams, waterfalls, and our oceans. … Continue reading

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An Anniversary: #7

At the end of January 2014, I started A Walk in the Garden. I hoped to share some observations about one of the loves of my life–gardening–and to attract attention to the two books I published over that period. Photography … Continue reading

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Tasty Treat

Nancy Merrill Photography challenges us bloggers to share a photograph based on her theme of the week. This week’s subject is TASTY TREAT. This is getting close to home—for chocolate lovers wherever you may be. Visit Nancy at https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2021/01/28/a-photo-a-week-challenge-tasty-treat/ to … Continue reading

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Something Pretty

This week’s photo challenge from Nancy Merrill Photography is SOMETHING PRETTY. I had lots of choices among my wife, daughters and granddaughters, but I couldn’t decide on one without hurting feelings of the others. So I looked at sunsets, art … Continue reading

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My Hope for 2021

A special prayer for all of you out there in the blogosphere: May 2021 be a year of PEACE Happy New Year!

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Abandoned

Nancy Merrill gets the New Year off (or the old year out) with this week’s photo challenge: ABANDONED. I found this fellow alone on a park bench in the Atlanta Botanical Garden, his face leaning on his hand, downtrodden. If … Continue reading

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A Photo a Week Challenge: CHRISTMAS

Nancy Merrill’s photo challenge this week is appropriately: CHRISTMAS. I think back over Christmases past, and the memories always involve family…and food. Please visit Nancy’s site at https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2020/12/19/a-photo-a-week-challenge-christmas/ to see her offerings and those sharing during this special week. My … Continue reading

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A Photo a Week Challenge: CRACKED

This week’s photo challenge from Nancy Merrill Photography is CRACKED. When I built these terrace walls with Pennsylvania field stone in my North Carolina garden, I created openings as I placed stone on stone. I planted low growing ground covers … Continue reading

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