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A Visit To Cape Fear Botanical Gardens

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The forest path along the River Walk at the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens

Fayetteville, North Carolina has a hidden treasure called the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens. The 77 acre garden of pine and hardwood forest is located along the Cape Fear river. There are more than 2,000 varieties of cultivated ornamental plants and flowers. The river walk trail makes you feel as if you entered a time warp of 100 years ago. If you are a nature photographer, put this place on your “must see” list.

Deep into the forest on the River Walk path at Cape Fear Botanical Gardens.

Most people would focus on the multitudes of beautiful blooming flowers along the manicured paths. I, however preferred the wild areas along the River Walk. Take a few steps off the well trodden areas onto the rocky path, and you are instantly alone with the birds, lizards, and beauty of what North Carolina was like in your grandparents day.

Self portrait on a bridge in the forest of the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens.

Wind your way around the River Walk and emerge back to the manicured gardens and perhaps you will come across a family of geese.

Family of geese walk to their favorite lily pond.

Keep following the paths back to the main building and find the hydrangea that are just beginning to bloom.

Blooming hydrangea

By now, you may need to rest your feet on one of the benches scattered among the flowers.

Garden bench waits for you to rest your feet

Once you have explored the gardens, get out of the heat and visit the gift shop inside the air-conditioned building.

Entrance to the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens

This is a place you can visit many times and always find something new to photograph. The Cape Fear Botanical Gardens in Fayetteville, North Carolina are a treat for the eyes and soul. Every photographer’s delight.

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About Gina Genis

Hi Friends, I'm a photographer and artist who lives in Washington DC. I have two blogs. The Gina Genis Blog is about art and photography. My new blog, DC Discoveries is dedicated to showing you everything from fashion to art, food to entertainment in all sections of the District. I hope you will take the journey with me. I exhibit my work in museums and galleries across the U.S. I'm included in the permanent collections of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, the Otto G. Richter Library Special Collections Division of the University of Miami, Hard Rock Casino, Orange County Transit District, IBM, and the Sarah and Adam Markman Collection among others. My series "Window Peeping" was included in OsCene 2010 at the Laguna Art Museum, Truman State University, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Biola University, and solo shows at Gallery 825 and Cypress College. The "June Gloom" series was exhibited in a solo show at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The "Kala" series has been exhibited at MPLS Photo Center, Cypress College, and Gallery 825. "Economy Portraits" was created as an Artist In Residence project at the Huntington Beach Art Center, and was awarded "Best Art Show of 2011" by the OC Weekly. I curated Wide Angle View, an exhibit of 16 international, award-winning photo and multi-media journalists at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art to much critical acclaim. Recent reviews of my work have appeared in the Huffington Post, Art Scene, OC Weekly, Orange County Register, New University, Riviera Magazine, Coast Magazine, Huntington Beach Independent, and appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, and more. I lead the Gina Genis Photo Workshops where I show beginning and intermediate photographers how to jump to the next level with their work. I also teach online photography courses through The Compelling Image.

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