Friday, November 10, 2017

An Evening Stroll through America's Downton Abbey, Biltmore Estate







Today I thought I'd share
Biltmore Estate as the Vanderbilt family
would have seen it
on a lovely fall evening walk...





After photographing the rose garden below
I wandered along this pathway and found this set of
French iron gates leading out to pastures and fields off
to the western side of Biltmore Estate
where the family most likely walked, rode their saddlebreds
and hunted over a century ago now.

There is an equestrian center on site and you can
bring and board your own horse!
Here is the information page.

These gates take you away from the house proper and down along the roadway, over a beautiful fishing stream, then winding down to the lower rose garden and arboretum.


I'm really glad that I arrived late in the day as I was able to capture these views as the sun was going down.
Although for viewing the house and seeing more of the estate
it would have been better to arrive earlier
as viewing the house and full estate one needs really
more than one day for maximum effect. 

But, being there late in the day allowed for enjoying the evening light, the Blue Ridge mountains in the distance
and just the cool fall weather found in the hills.

Too, I kept expecting deer to appear out in the fields
and that would have been just a perfect ending to
a day of elaborate and ornate perfect day!
;)



Just a few photos from the rose garden...







Beautiful palest of pinky whites ~ possibly the rose
Winchester Cathedral
as my Winchesters would turn a slight pink as the flowers
matured and especially in the fall.
One of Winchester Cathedral's parent roses is
Mary Rose
which is a lovely pink so the child rose
can sometimes hint back to its parent.

Lovely!






A view while walking up to the top of the garden.


Actual daylight with no alterations to show plantings any brighter.


Fall plantings of mums and sweet pansies tucked below.




More fall color...
:)




Rose petals naturally strewn along my path.





Here and below I've opened up the lens a bit
to show the glasshouse a bit brighter.
This photograph I deepened the colors a bit
to show the mountains beyond.




This lovely water fountain, too, I've opened up the lens
making the picture a little bit grainy.
In the next photographs, the light was deepening
into night...



With the hazy sunlight...
And darkened below to see the mountains and cloud
formations better...






Lovely sitting areas abound in the park...





Lovely mophead hydrangeas displaying
their darkening pink turning to rust
here in the fall...





Here's a video I made while photographing this day.
I'd love it if you'd leave a comment
or two.
Thank you!
:)




Please visit friends I share with ~
Friday at the Firehouse ~ A Fireman's Wife
Thursday Favorite Things ~ Katherine's Corner
What To Do Weekends ~ Shoestring Elegance
Sweet Inspiration ~ The Boondocks Blog
Saturday Sparks ~ Pieced Pastimes
Inspire Me Monday ~ Create with Joy
Over the Moon ~ Marilyn's Treats




Have a lovely weekend,

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