A few weeks ago, I got up early and headed for Biltmore Estate. I love the house but I decided that I wanted to spend my time exploring the grounds. Since I have an annual pass, I didn’t really feel guilty about this. The house itself is so overwhelming that it becomes difficult to really explore the grounds if you are seeing the house too.
I am finally posting these pics for your viewing enjoyment.
There was a slight bit of haze but it was still easy to make out the gentle giants in the distance.
The house looks just a bit smaller from this angle. Side profiles must be slimming – at least if you are an enormous manor house.
Love the fleur de lis detail here. It took so many talented artisans to construct the house.
A bamboo forest along one of the many paths leading to the woods surrounding the house. I love the lush, tropical look of these plants.
Gorgeous flame dogwoods provide a welcome burst of color during the winter.
The boathouse by the bass pond. I had the whole place to myself and it could not have been more tranquil. It is a gorgeous spot, even in winter.
A shot of the pond with the boat house slightly hidden by a tree on the right side of the photo.
This is on the upper side of the bridge/falls. I love the shiny copper under the murky water and wonder how many of those wishes came true.
These blooms had a beautiful ecru tone. They were delicate and somehow the perfect “flower” for a winter’s day.