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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: Natural Lighting

The challenge this week from Nancy Merrill is to share a photograph taken with natural light. During a visit to the Atlanta Botanic Garden several years ago, I was privileged to view a number of Chihuly masterpieces in the garden. … Continue reading

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A Photo a Week Challenge: REFLECTION

Nancy Merrill’s challenge this week is to share a photo that reflects the word “reflection.” I had two choices, so decided to include them both. This is a photo of a painting by Richard Estes, in the Atlanta Art Gallery. … Continue reading

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A Photo a Week Challenge: FROM THE SIDE

Nancy Merrill has given us a real challenge this week: to view a subject from the side. I saw this rooster casually reclining in garden bathtub at a recent Home and Gardening Show here in Charlotte. I hope this view … Continue reading

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A Photo a Week Challenge: REALLY BIG TOYS

Nancy Merrill’s photo challenge this week could send me in several directions. My Dad’s big toys included antique automobiles. I loved his maroon Model A roadster, with rag top, rumble seat, and yellow wheels. Alas, that is ancient history now, … Continue reading

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A Photo a Week Challenge: UNEDITED

Nancy Merrill has once again given us worthy photographic challenge to share this week. Offer a photo that has been unedited. And so we present a photograph in the raw, as it were. This is a look out the back … Continue reading

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A Photo a Week Challenge: WEATHERED

The topic for this week’s photo challenge from Nancy Merrill Photography is WEATHERED. During a garden trip to northern Virginia in 2004 I spied this rock formation. It shows centuries of weathering in the stones and growth of moss. Please … Continue reading

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A Photo a Week Challenge: LAYERS

Nancy Merrill has given us another interesting challenge this week–to share a photo of something in layers. I first thought of a cake, but don’t have one available. She suggested roses, and that caused me to think of other flowers. … Continue reading

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Circles on Circles

Nancy Merrill has presented her followers with a particularly interesting challenge this week. Share a photograph of “Circles on Circles.” I had to scratch my brain for a while to imagine how that challenge might be met. However, I searched … Continue reading

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A Photo a Week Challenge: SOMETHING MISSING

This is an interesting challenge from Nancy Merril Photography: share a photograph of something missing. There is clearly something missing in this photo. I just can’t figure out what happened. Any ideas? Please visit Nancy at https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2021/05/24/a-photo-a-week-challenge-something-missing/ to see her … Continue reading

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A Photo a Week Challenge: UNEXPECTED

This week’s photo challenge from Nancy Merrill Photography is UNEXPECTED. You can imagine that when I was up a ladder trimming the top of a ‘Sky Pencil’ holly, I most certainly did not expect a visitor to come out of … Continue reading

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