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A Photographic Journal of Natural Wonders

Updated on April 25, 2020
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Ms. Carroll is an avid researcher & freelance writer who writes on a myriad of topics with which she has experience and knowledge.

Delicate Blossom (photograph by Vicki Parker)
Delicate Blossom (photograph by Vicki Parker)

My hometown was ravaged by a tornado in April. Homes were obliterated next to schools left unscathed as children lined the hallways. The devastation was difficult to wrap your mind around. As I drove toward the foothills of the Appalachians that I now call home, my memory called -- the Magnolia State, the Hospitality State. Near the Mississippi and Alabama State borders grow hundreds of magnolia trees planted to bring the State Tree notoriety. It struck me how the magnolias were untouched, while pines and other trees lumbered nearby on the ground.

I know from personal experience that once you touch a magnolia bloom, it turns brown. This bloom had obviously been 'touched,' but it had survived. I saw the delicate balance of humanity in this blossom. We are weary and scarred, but we are strong at our cores. We live on. We rejuvenate.

Objects are Cloudier than They Appear (photograph by Vicki Parker)
Objects are Cloudier than They Appear (photograph by Vicki Parker)

These are two different photographs (above and below) although they may look the same. They appear to be mirror images, but there are subtle differences. Both photos are the reflection seen in a pond. One was taken upright and the other was taken upside down. One photo contains clouds. The other contains ripples created by a rock I tossed into the pond which had the effect of hiding the clouds. It reminded me how our actions can have instant and even lasting affects. It reminded me also, how inaction changes nothing.

Objects are Stiller than They Appear (photograph by Vicki Parker)
Objects are Stiller than They Appear (photograph by Vicki Parker)
First Bloom (photograph by Vicki Parker)
First Bloom (photograph by Vicki Parker)

This cherry tree blooms on the barbed fence line where I live every year. This past spring I decided to get a closer look. As I got closer to the tree with my camera, I recognized how the puffy white clouds and deep blue sky made a perfect backdrop for the contrast of the pink blooms.

Cherry Martini (photograph by Vicki Parker)
Cherry Martini (photograph by Vicki Parker)

While eating my favorite California cherries this past season, I realized this one was a perfect work of art and too pretty to eat. Trying to memorialize it, I tried water, ice, and fabric as a backdrop, but finally decided on this martini glass under direct light with the use of a ceramic platter to give it complimentary color. I finally ate the poor cherry. It was delectable and I now have the picture to remind me!

Hickory in Its Own Shadow (photograph by Vicki Parker)
Hickory in Its Own Shadow (photograph by Vicki Parker)

The bark on this hickory tree looks old and haggered, yet it is characteristic of the tree. I found this "old hickory' along a hiking trail in Tennesse and was totally mezmerized by the view looking up. The shadow created by the tree standing in it's own shadow means it was high noon.

Circle of Life (photograph by Vicki Parker)
Circle of Life (photograph by Vicki Parker)

In the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee cascades a 100' waterfall called Virgin Falls. The volume of water is so vast that it's difficult to get too close to the falls. However, the greenery around the perimeter of the falls is replete with ferns, mosses, and other wild beauties. I was never able to identify this species, but I paid homage. And it in turn, seems to be paying homage to the falls.

Winter Vortex (photograph by Vicki Parker)
Winter Vortex (photograph by Vicki Parker)

A frozen waterfall in the Sipsey Wilderness of Alabama created this enormous vortex. Water plunged over the edge for 10-15' wide where the water was totally frozen in time. Yet at the very center of the falls, this vortex had been created and water continued to pummel through it. It turned to a beautiful blue-green snowy ice. You cannot tell from the photograph, but the drop (the hole) is approximately 20'.

Natural Well (photograph by Vicki Parker)
Natural Well (photograph by Vicki Parker)

This 180' desent is called Natural Well. I captured my fiance' on the rappel down and captured the walls which have been naturally carved out by water over centuries. The Well spirals downward for another hundred feet or more into a very small apex underground where the water escapes into the underground water table never to be seen again.

Autumn Rainbow (photograph by Vicki Parker)
Autumn Rainbow (photograph by Vicki Parker)

It's not every day that you see a rainbow rising out of the fall colors of a mountain range. I was able to see this rainbow from beginning to end across several hundred acres of land, but I was only able to capture pieces of it at a time in my lens.

There are more than 20,000 known varieties of fern. They are one of the earth’s oldest plants. You can find them in any forest enjoying the shade and occasional rays of sun. They show us that you can be beautiful without being showy.


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    • alahiker28 profile imageAUTHOR

      Vicki Carroll 

      8 years ago from Greater Birmingham Area

      I don't know, Nat. I give up. A praying mantis, maybe?

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      Natalie Carroll 

      8 years ago from The Pacific Northwest

      Hi Vicki. My mom and I were looking at this hub together. She noticed the shape of an animal in the photograph of the fern titled, "Circle of Life." Can you guess what animal we saw?

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      Vicki Carroll 

      8 years ago from Greater Birmingham Area

      Thank you, Peggy. I appreciate you taking the time to stop by.

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What a gorgeous gallery of photos you have shown us here in this hub. I liked your explanations of each photo as well. The work that you did to capture that cherry in the martini glass resulted in a fabulous photo. Thanks for creating this attractive hub. Up and beautiful votes.

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      9 years ago from Seattle

      These are gorgeous pictures.

    • ladeda profile image


      9 years ago

      Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing this hub!

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      Sheila Brown 

      9 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Your photography is beautiful! I especially love the Magnolia. Your narrative is wonderful as well. Voted up and beautiful! :)

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      Movie Master 

      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      What fabulous photos, thank you for this treat!

      I look forward to following you, voted up/awesome and sharing

      Best wishes lesley

    • alahiker28 profile imageAUTHOR

      Vicki Carroll 

      9 years ago from Greater Birmingham Area

      Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.

    • alahiker28 profile imageAUTHOR

      Vicki Carroll 

      9 years ago from Greater Birmingham Area

      All by myself, most with an Olympus 18 x zoom.

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      9 years ago

      You've amazing photography skills. The pictures are beautiful and they speak for themselves from the strength of magnolia bloom to the promise of hope in the rainbow--totally stunning. I love them all.

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      9 years ago from India

      Really amazing snaps. Did You take these photos of your own?

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      Sally Hayes 

      9 years ago

      Wow! Such a beautiful Hub. Thanks for sharing! - Sarah

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      L.L. Woodard 

      9 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I enjoy how you have found such beauty in humble, every day bits of nature. You've done an excellent job of sharing those views with us.

      Voted up and SHARED.

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      alahiker, First, I'm glad the tornados spared the magnolias last year and hope they don't come your way this year. Your photography is beautiful and creative. I really enjoyed viewing your work. Really gorgeous.

    • alahiker28 profile imageAUTHOR

      Vicki Carroll 

      9 years ago from Greater Birmingham Area

      Thank you. I appreciate your kind words.

    • alahiker28 profile imageAUTHOR

      Vicki Carroll 

      9 years ago from Greater Birmingham Area

      Wow. Your words are uplifting. Thank you very much.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      Your photos are stunning. I especially loved the cherry.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting.

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      Annie Fenn 

      9 years ago from Australia

      "We are weary and scarred, but we are strong at our cores. We live on. We rejuvenate". I love your words alahiker, and am in awe of your images. The reflections are amazing. A very enjoyable hub, thank you. My votes to you.

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      Sandra Busby 

      9 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Beautiful photographs. I'll be following you. Thanks. Sandra Busy

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      Sun Pen 50 

      9 years ago from Srilanka

      Very beautiful. Wonderful taste of natural beauty.

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      9 years ago

      Unusual but very beautiful!

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      9 years ago from USA

      Love them!

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      9 years ago from Effingham, IL

      Wow! Nature is indeed very amazing! It has many hidden wonders!

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      9 years ago

      Very intriguing hub. You are very talented and have great stuff to share.

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      9 years ago

      Really neat photos. I love the rainbow photo. I voted up asbsolutely beautiful!

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      9 years ago from New England

      Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

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      Mike and Dorothy McKenney 

      9 years ago from United States

      Great eye. Beautiful photos that look like they were shot by a real pro!

    • alahiker28 profile imageAUTHOR

      Vicki Carroll 

      9 years ago from Greater Birmingham Area

      Thanks to all !!! You have inspired an amateur !!!

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      9 years ago from Australia

      Gorgeous photos and I love the dialog, wonderful.

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      9 years ago from Atlanta, GA.

      Great photos and hub! Thanks for sharing. Voted up!

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      Sranunta Lamduan 

      9 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      It's beautiful, vote up!!

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      9 years ago from Australia

      loved them all they're beautiful. Thank you for sharing

      will definitely shared with my friends.

      Great hubs

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Beautiful and voted Up and more. I've shared with my followers.

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      Rosie Rose 

      9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hiya Alahiker, what a beautiful hub! I enjoyed all your beautiful pictures and very interesting narrative. Voted up and beautiful. Cheers!

      Have a nice day,


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      France Travel Inf 

      9 years ago

      You have a real eye for beauty. I love your photography! Kudos!

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      9 years ago

      Gorgeous! I specially love the cherry picture.


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