Biltmore Christmas Lights 2011

We visited Biltmore on Sunday to see the Christmas lights.  The decoration in the front lawn is not as nice as last year, but inside the house is as pretty as ever.  It’s too bad that we can’t take picture of the inside.

We got there around 3:30pm (15:30) and had plenty of time to look around before it gets dark.

It was a cloudy evening and the blue hour is still visible in this image, it was shot at 6:36pm (18:36). I had my tripod with me this time.  I  had my Canon T2i mounted on a tripod, shot in a manual mode, had my timer on for 2 second.  I also set my focus to manual, shot at f/13, 5 second, focal length 40mm, ISO 100 to minimize any digital noise, and the white balance was set on cloudy.

I switched to my telephoto zoom lens for a closeup image, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/11, 5second, ISO 100, focal length 70mm.

We stopped by Antler Hill Village on our way out, it was late in the evening and there weren’t that many people around.

A Road Trip to Biltmore

We headed up the mountain to visit Biltmore on Sunday. This was our first time this year since we missed the Festival of Flowers several weeks back.  And by the way, that’s not Bo’s Land Rover SUV, but a Biltmore Land Rover Experience driving school that perhaps Bo would like to become a student for a day.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/2000sec, ISO 200, focal length 20mm, evaluative metering

We missed the tulips and in its place are these flowers.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/11, 1/250sec, ISO 100, focal length 17mm, evaluative metering

There were a few water lilies in bloom, and I’ve posted a separate post for the flowers and water lilies.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/500sec, ISO 100, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

I really like the Indian teepee trellis, it would be great for the long string beans.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/2500sec, ISO 200, focal length 26mm, evaluative metering

Lee loves their cheese pizza, although they don’t call it that but have a fancy name for it.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/640sec, ISO 100, focal length 40mm, evaluative metering

It looks like a cheese pizza to me.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/2000sec, ISO 100, focal length 40mm, evaluative metering

Besides the pizza, Lee goes there for the gift shop also.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/100sec, ISO 3200, focal length 40mm, evaluative metering

There are many beautiful orchids in the glass–roofed Conservatory, I posted some photos with the flowers.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/800sec, ISO 400, focal length 17mm, evaluative metering

Since we have time, we explored a new route and headed to the waterfalls. We saw the Baldcypress tree on the way and the main trunks are surrounded by cypress knees. I have never seen anything like this before and apparently the cypress knee is a distinctive structure in a root of the cypress tree.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/60sec, ISO 400, focal length 25mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/16, 1/30sec, ISO 800, focal length 25mm, evaluative metering

We passed the Bass pond.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/200sec, ISO 200, focal length 36mm, evaluative metering

It’s a long walk to the waterfall, getting there was not so bad since it was downhill most of the way but coming back was quiet a hike.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/22, 1/60sec, ISO 400, focal length 29mm, evaluative metering

There are so many interesting looking trees, mushrooms and flowers on the trail.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/100sec, ISO 800, focal length 40mm, evaluative metering

Lee spotted a baby turtle, and I saw 2 baby dragonflies on the branch.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/100sec, ISO 800, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

Tiny damselflies.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/200sec, ISO 100, focal length 200mm, cropped, evaluative metering

Lee made some candles at the Barn, it takes a lot of patience and many trips back and forth.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/125sec, ISO 200, focal length 38mm, evaluative metering

Not quiet ready, only half way there.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/100sec, ISO 200, focal length 75mm, evaluative metering

Handmade Lye Soap for shower, shampoo, dishes, and clothes. I guess back in the olden days this is what they used.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/40sec, ISO 800, focal length 31mm, evaluative metering

The mother bird was looking after her babies.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/60sec, ISO 800, focal length 40mm, evaluative metering

They still couldn’t fly yet, some were on the ground trying to flap their wings.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/20sec, ISO 200, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

We visited the animals at the barn, it was extremely hot on that day.  I think it was in the mid 90s.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/320sec, ISO 800, focal length 40mm, evaluative metering

It looks like Bert has lost some weight.  He looks a lot bigger the last time I saw him.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/400sec, ISO 800, focal length 40mm, evaluative metering

The garden looks luscious and green.  I would love to have a garden this size.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/13, 1/250sec, ISO 200, focal length 17mm, evaluative metering

This is a strange way of #?#, not sure what’s the word I’m looking for.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/250sec, ISO 200, focal length 38mm, evaluative metering

It’s filled with water. I guess to keep it cool and watering the tomato plant at the same time.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/250sec, ISO 200, focal length 40mm, evaluative metering

I didn’t know there is a pineapple mint. It smells just like a regular mint to me.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/200sec, ISO 200, focal length 40mm, evaluative metering

The Antler Hill Village is a nice place to hang out.  They have live music playing. We ate dinner at one of the restaurants, which I’m not too crazy about the food.  I think Lee likes the atmosphere more than anything.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/800sec, ISO 200, focal length 26mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/1600sec, ISO 200, focal length 34mm, evaluative metering

Lee made a wish, I told her she couldn’t fish the money backup.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/250sec, ISO 200, focal length 39mm, evaluative metering

We finally had a chance to go see the grape vineyard before we left, it’s too bad that I can’t get close enough.  That building on top of the hill is the Inn.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/22, 1/80sec, ISO 200, focal length 28mm, evaluative metering

Flowers at Biltmore

I was hoping to see the lotus in bloom and it might be towards the end of the month, although I’m glad there were some water lilies in bloom.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/320sec, ISO 100, focal length 140mm, evaluative metering

We got there around 9:15 am and the sun was high by then.  We definitely have to get there earlier next time.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/100sec, ISO 100, focal length 78mm, evaluative metering

I used my telephoto lens to take these photos.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/1000sec, ISO 1400, focal length 163mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/1000sec, ISO 100, focal length 200mm, spot metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/60sec, ISO 100, focal length 200mm, center weighted average metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/640sec, ISO 100, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/500sec, ISO 100, focal length 200mm, spot metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/100sec, ISO 100, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

It’s not a very sharp image of the moth but I like the picture.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/1250sec, ISO 200, focal length 40mm, evaluative metering

The entrance to the glass–roofed Conservatory.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/200sec, ISO 200, focal length 35mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/400sec, ISO 400, focal length 40mm, evaluative metering

This is a neat idea, recycled old suitcase as flower pot.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/400sec, ISO 400, focal length 40mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/4000sec, ISO 400, focal length 40mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/11, 1/125sec, ISO 400, focal length 39mm, evaluative metering

I was glad to see the cactus in bloom.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/6.3, 1/400sec, ISO 400, focal length 36mm, evaluative metering

The flower looks so delicate in comparison to all the needles sticking everywhere.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/6.3, 1/250sec, ISO 400, focal length 40mm, evaluative metering

I’m glad to have seen these blooms also.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/1600sec, ISO 400, focal length 40mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/2500sec, ISO 400, focal length 30mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/7.1, 1/125sec, ISO 400, focal length 31mm, evaluative metering

A very strange looking orchid.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/640sec, ISO 400, focal length 40mm, evaluative metering

These blooms look beautiful in a strange way.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/500sec, ISO 400, focal length 39mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/800sec, ISO 400, focal length 33mm, evaluative metering

They do take a character of their own.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/6.3, 1/320sec, ISO 400, focal length 33mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f5.6, 1/200sec, ISO 400, focal length 40mm, evaluative metering

This is the first time I’ve noticed the blooms, they look like little hungry baby birds.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/500sec, ISO 400, focal length 40mm, evaluative metering

This must be a pineapple, it’s very tiny.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/1000sec, ISO 400, focal length 40mm, evaluative metering

To see more photos: A Road trip to Biltmore.