Explore + Capture: Wilmington, NC

Matthew and I love to take long weekend trips, and our three year anniversary seemed a great reason to explore a new city. We chose Wilmington, a coastal town with historical significance, popular for North Carolina vacationers.

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There, we discovered a haven of beautiful views, kind people, and delicious food! The Wilmington Riverwalk provided ample restaurant options on one side and a glimpse of the USS North Carolina on the other.

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Charlotte, NC Matthews, NC Photography Photography Photographer

I found Wilmington’s downtown, bustling with locals and tourists alike, to be visually interesting.

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The art installation below is just off Front Street.

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The first historical site we visited was Fort Fischer, the location of the Civil War’s largest amphibious battle.

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Also of particular military significance is the USS North Carolina. The battleship was used from 1937 to 1947, participating in World War II. The naval vessel now rests on the waters of Cape Fear River.

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On the main deck, visitors can aim anti-aircraft guns at invisible enemies.

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Charlotte, NC Matthews, NC Photography Photography Photographer

A restored Kingfisher sits on the main deck for view.

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Not only is the upper deck available to tour, but guests may descend steep ladders into the battleship’s depths. Exploring the ship is an enlightening experience, providing tactile understanding of navy life to visitors.

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Photographing in low, inconsistent light proved to be a welcome challenge! I particularly enjoyed attempting to photograph interesting portraits of my husband as we explored the battleship.

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Charlotte, NC Matthews, NC Photography Photography Photographer

Charlotte, NC Matthews, NC Photography Photography Photographer

Matt particularly enjoyed the visit, being a naval history enthusiast! His smiles are genuine.

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All photographs taken with my Canon 40D using my 50mm 1.8 and 24mm 2.8 lenses.

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Thanks to the Front Street Inn for so wonderfully hosting us!

-Liz K.

 

For more information, visit:

www.frontstreetinn.com

www.battleshipnc.com

www.nchistoricsites.org/fisher

 

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