Lara Gastinger

Lara Gastinger is an artist and botanical illustrator based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her art focuses on creating hyper-realistic images of flora, inspired by the processes and cycles of growth, decay, and rebirth found in the natural world. She has most recently been working as the chief illustrator at the Flora of Virginia Project.

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Charlottesville, VA
Shenandoah National Park
Enjoy over 500 miles of gorgeous hiking trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Stumble upon a ridge crest, panoramic views, waterfalls and canyons. Spot deer, black bears, and wild turkeys. When in season admire the abundant wildflowers and apple trees. Stop to learn about its history from one of the many stone foundations, and cemeteries.  
Front Royal, VA 22630, USA
Black Rock
Black Rock Mountain, Rockfish, VA, USA
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Rivanna River
Named for Queen Anne of England, the Rivanna is home to countless birds, fish, turtles and other creatures, and provides a wonderful place for visitors to fish, canoe, swim and boat.
Charlottesville, VA, USA
Lynnhaven River
Lynnhaven River, Virginia Beach, VA, USA
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Blue Mountain Brewery
9519 Critzers Shop Rd, Afton, VA 22920, USA
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Pro Re Nata
6135 Rockfish Gap Tpke Crozet, VA 22932
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