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

9 thoughts on “A Road Trip to Biltmore

  1. Pingback: Flowers at Biltmore « Nye Noona

    • seeharhed, go there to photo shoot during the golden hours must be real pretty. I would love to visit Napa Valley during the Fall, the grapes and leaves colors must be very pretty in the evening hours. I definitely have to go back to Biltmore during the Fall season also, but I don’t think I could go inside the fence.

    • truels, you’re welcome. it’s a nice place to spend a day and they open all year round. It must be very pretty during the snow time, but we wouldn’t take the risk of driving up the mountain.

  2. Those Cypress knees are so creepy! It’s definitely not something you’ll find out here.

    What a great family trip. Thanks for taking us along. 🙂

    • Cambree, I was surprised to see them also, it’s almost like a little cemetery to me. Biltmore is definitely a nice place to hang out, next time we need to bring Max along. 🙂

  3. The more you show us this place, the more I want to go myself. They should hire you for their PR work, Nye! Though the waterfall was a bit underwhelming, the walk to get to it had lots of interesting sights and sounds.

    • Scott, I was kind of disappointed to see the waterfalls, Lee kept complaining that the water stinks. It was a nice walk, bringing a picnic basket along would be nicer.

      It would be nice to do PR for Biltmore, as you know this is a labor of love. 🙂

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