Naked Mountain is a nearly 2,000 foot feature on the western edge of the central Virginia Piedmont.  My husband and I bought it, or almost 300 acres of it including the summit, in 1988. After eighteen years of growing awareness and discovery we placed the property under a conservation easement with the Natural Heritage Program, a division of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Today, Naked Mountain is the 49th natural area preserve in Virginia and it is my home. The changing pictures on the header are of the Blue Ridge Mountains viewed from my house deck and the spectacular flora and fauna that dwell on the mountain.

Please join me for episodes of life on Naked Mountain and the delights and challenges of living close to nature.

As a cancer survivor and a cancer widow, I also write about cancer and grief recovery.

Marcia Mabee on Naked Mountain

11 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Marcia,
    I am just starting a WordPress blog and was searching around For other WordPress blogs and found your site. Trying to find other bloggers with the same interest and see if they are interested in linking site together.

    I do a lot of woodworking, one of the things I make are bluebird houses. When I searched bluebirds I found your site. I like your site, don’t you just love blue birds? I have 3-4 birdhouses on my property and all of them had bluebirds eggs hatch this year. I am in South Carolina foothills of the blue ridge mountains up on the side of a mountain. Eastern bluebirds are every where.

    Take a look at my blog, not so much yet, just started it. See my bluebird houses too.

    Love your site,

  2. Dear Marcia – Very pleased to know that you have conquered cancer and remain as beautiful as ever. We all wonder how different our lives might be had we made different choices in the past, but perhaps this is simply part of the human condition. I wish you continued good health and look forward to hearing more from you.
    All the best, as always,

      • Nice to hear from you, Marcia, and yes, life has been a very grand adventure for me. Used my Journalism and Marketing skills (M.S. from BU, MBA from BC) to make a fortune in the advertising business and the stock market. Then I served in two wars during 20 years as a US Navy officer, visiting fascinating places all over the world. My two smart and beautiful daughters are third and fourth-year students at Fordham University in NYC, preparing, quite coincidentally, for careers in Journalism and Marketing.

        One year ago, my congenital mitral valve prolapse was finally repaired at the wonderful Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, and I’m now healthier than ever and medication free. Regular workouts and a Mediterranean diet have served me well throughout my life. Next year, I will retire from my last career after 17 years as a US Government project manager, and just continue writing my political newspaper column.

        With my second wife of 23 years, I live at the beach on Plum Island, and swim in the ocean every sunny day. May all your days be sunny as well, and perhaps I will take a detour from some southerly jaunt to check out your beloved Naked Mountain one fine day. Until then, ciao bella, and all the best to you!

  3. So, so beautiful! I used to live in the wilderness, fields of wildflowers sided by mountains, and a stunning view off into undulating landscape. I just love seeing your photos. The cover of your book is beautiful too. Wow!

  4. i have been surfing about learning about Virginia Natural Heritage Preserves, and wandered through a link to your blog, Marcia. It’s lovely, Naked Mountain seems amazing, and the care you take and have for it is touching. I also read about the challenges in your life, and you are a strong woman. God Bless.

    I have a small cabin retreat in Shenandoah County, across from Great North Mountain. It’s plagued by Japanese Stiltgrass, the bane of existence trying to pull it is a Sisyphean task because it lines the roads and other properties nearby. It’s really sad that invasives are taking such hold – the Stiltgrass was not so readily apparent even 3-4 years ago.

    • Thank you for your kind comment. If you have a sizable property, I would recommend spraying the stiltgrass before it goes into seed. There are many sites with advice on what chemicals to use. My DCR/Natural Heritage stewards use very diluted Glyphosate, 1 percent, and a formula that is safer for wet areas, eg something called Rodeo. Every year I pull it, carefully, out of a small seep (10 feet by 20 feet) that is full of beautiful sedges and cardinal flowers that I don’t want to harm in any way. The pulling used to take 4 2-3 hour sessions, but now just takes one 2 hour session… so progress!

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