The North Carolina Arboretum

I took my LC-A and some color negative film to the North Carolina Arboretum at the University of North Carolina to enjoy the last few days of summer in nature.

The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, North Carolina is a great green space to enjoy, especially on a wonderful sunny September day. After a week of fizzling rain and dropping temperatures as fall began to move in, I was itching to get out and enjoy the day at the arboretum, for sunny summery days like this day were fleeting.

For a small parking fee of only $8 you can enjoy the arboretum, which has all the staples of a good green location. A variety of gardens, a maze of shaded walking trails, the random large statue, and lots of peaceful places to rest and enjoy nature.

What makes the North Carolina Arboretum special, in my opinion, are two things that stood out to me the most. First, the man-made structures, buildings, and architecture were made to blend into the landscape and live harmoniously with the existing hills and trees. Gates and walkways mimicked the natural slope of the mountains, and one could see how the earth was incorporated into the design of each structure.

The second thing that makes the Arboretum a special place is the extensive, mind-blowing bonsai exhibit. I hope to return soon so I can dedicate a whole album to the painstakingly, beautifully crafted miniature worlds.

The North Carolina Arboretum is a great location to enjoy nature, and capture the last green days of summer on film. To learn more about the arboretum, visit its website here.

written by 0live on 2012-09-27 in #world #locations #conservatory #park #arboretum #escape-from-the-city #botanical #nature #trees #gardens

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