Lotus or Water Lily at Biltmore


In Buddhism, the lotus is one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols and one of the most poignant representations of Buddhist teaching. The roots of a lotus are in the mud, the stem grows up through the water, and the heavily scented flower lies pristinely above the water, basking in the sunlight. This pattern of growth signifies the progress of the soul from the primeval mud of materialism, through the waters of experience, and into the bright sunshine of enlightenment (source).

Lotus at Biltmore

I do have to say that the lotus at Biltmore are beautiful, the flowers open around noon time, and start closing in late afternoon around 3 pm, this is especially bad for picture taking because there’s too much sunlight during the time that the petals open the prettiest, and how ironic when the sunlight soften in the evening, best time to take picture, but the lilies are no longer open, nevertheless they’re still beautiful to me.

Water lilies

Water lilies

Water lilies

water lily

Water lilies

Water lily

Water lilies

Water lilies

Water lilies

Water lilies

A huge tadpole, there are several there.


There are 3 huge Koi fish that I was able to spot, they’d come to you if you splash or stir the water around, my second sister did that and they came and touched her hand.

Koi fish

My second sister



    • Hi Seeharhed, it’s part of the estate and you’ve to pay to get in, the estate is 125,000 acres. We bought the estate package which included everything, house and garden for $45 each person (Saturday), but I don’t know if you can buy just the ticket to visit the park for $17. As for me, I’ve a season pass, so I didn’t have to pay, and probably will go back and visit more often this year, it’s a different world out there.

      • Nye, thanks for the reply back. I actually google it and check out their website. I never been to Ashville, NC but I will on next trip to the state of NC.

        • seeharhed, you’re welcome, the price varies in months and some people seem to think that Ashville, NC looks very much like Laos, and I think it’s because of the mountainous scenery, the resemblance is remarkable, I think you’ll like it.

  1. I want to go to biltmore one day! Maybe a road trip from florida to north carolina.

    • lady0fdarkness, if you do that you have to stay at their hotel, seems so beautiful there, but a bit pricey. I’m going back to visit their grape farm, I thought I saw it but we didn’t have time and couldn’t find our way there.

  2. That’s not tadpole, too big to be one…it’s a rare glimpse of the ETLF that crash landed in the Appalachian terrain eons ago, LOL. Once again you do not disappoint us at all with what could be captured with those lens. Thanks for taking us along on the trip with such beautiful pictures.

    • Yes, there are several ‘panoy’ swimming around. There are 3 ponds (I think) total and it’s paralleled to the front lawn, so they are quiet big and long, my second sister wants one just like it, I told her dream on.

  3. Dear Nye, You and the family would love to visit Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA. The gardens are absolutely heavenly and I well remember the huge water lillies. Luv, A

    • Hi Audrey, it’s a lovely place, I used to live in Philadelphia when I was younger, and visited there before, I think my mom visited the place when we were living in NYC at the time, she was visiting relatives in Philadelphia and they took her there. There are so many places to visit here in the US, some are closer to home than we think.

      I plan to visit Wat Lao Buddhavong in VA in a couple of weeks, it’s our family annual trip and they’ve a huge water lilies pond there, I’m looking forward to that.

  4. You’ve captured another lovely photo to share with us all. Thank you so much!

    As Audrey mentioned, Longwood Gardens would be another nice visit. I have written about Longwood at Cambree Notes. Have not been there, but would like to someday soon.

    If possible, I would also love to update my Biltmore post with some of your beautiful photos. 🙂

    • Hi Cambree, thanks for your compliment, and you’re welcome to use my photos, it’s nice to be able to go back and see the changes in their garden. I’m looking forward to seeing the Estate in late Summer, Autumn and Christmas.

      I wish that our vacation time would be like the Europeans, my uncle and cousins that live in France have several months of vacation time, if I have that, it’d be nice to drive across the country and see different places, maybe someday I’ll get to do that. 🙂

      • There are so many nice photos to choose from now… I think the giant water lilies are my favorite. But also like seeing the other varieties of plants and flowers there too.

        And the Europeans do know how to enjoy life, especially the French. Oui, oui!

        • Cambree, being there is like stepping back in time. My Lao-French cousin really enjoy her visit, I think she felt right at home.

          The giant water lilies are beautiful, especially with some lilies opened.

  5. waterlilies are most pretty! I am still waiting for my brother’s pound so i can put some in. LOL it’s been over a year now, blah I don’t think he’ll ever put on in.

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