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.
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.
We missed the tulips and in its place are these flowers.
I really like the Indian teepee trellis, it would be great for the long string beans.
Lee loves their cheese pizza, although they don’t call it that but have a fancy name for it.
It looks like a cheese pizza to me.
Besides the pizza, Lee goes there for the gift shop also.
There are many beautiful orchids in the glass–roofed Conservatory, I posted some photos with the flowers.
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.
We passed the Bass pond.
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.
There are so many interesting looking trees, mushrooms and flowers on the trail.
Lee spotted a baby turtle, and I saw 2 baby dragonflies on the branch.
Lee made some candles at the Barn, it takes a lot of patience and many trips back and forth.
Not quiet ready, only half way there.
Handmade Lye Soap for shower, shampoo, dishes, and clothes. I guess back in the olden days this is what they used.
The mother bird was looking after her babies.
They still couldn’t fly yet, some were on the ground trying to flap their wings.
We visited the animals at the barn, it was extremely hot on that day. I think it was in the mid 90s.
It looks like Bert has lost some weight. He looks a lot bigger the last time I saw him.
The garden looks luscious and green. I would love to have a garden this size.
This is a strange way of #?#, not sure what’s the word I’m looking for.
It’s filled with water. I guess to keep it cool and watering the tomato plant at the same time.
I didn’t know there is a pineapple mint. It smells just like a regular mint to me.
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.
Lee made a wish, I told her she couldn’t fish the money backup.
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.