Foto Friday #3: Biltmore

Foto Friday #3: Biltmore

I've missed a couple of days of blogging as I was traveling in Charlotte on business. Happy to be back home in Asheville this afternoon!

We truly have a gem here in Asheville. Biltmore was the dream of George Washington Vanderbilt, the grandson of Cornelius (The Commodore) Vanderbilt who built up a ferry and steamship company and then the New York Central Railroad system.

Built in the late 1800s, Biltmore is a true marvel of architecture and gardens - bringing together the best architects of the time in Richard Morris Hunt and Frederick Law Olmsted. Having been to Newport, RI a couple of times where Hunt had a number of masterpieces, he certainly was at the top of his game when he designed and built Biltmore. Olmstead is responsible for accomplishments such as New York's Central Park and the Park System in Buffalo, designed for the Pan American Exposition of 1901.

After mom died in April of 2014, I took my camera out to Biltmore to spend some time in the gardens. Here are some of my favorites from that shoot:

 Biltmore Conservatory

Biltmore Conservatory

 Not sure which species this is

Not sure which species this is

 Some of the photos I had some fun using filters...

Some of the photos I had some fun using filters...

 Azalea

Azalea

 Cherubs

Cherubs

 Glowing Japanese Maple

Glowing Japanese Maple

 Unique tulips

Unique tulips

 Wisteria walkway

Wisteria walkway

 The tulips are stunning

The tulips are stunning

 Another unknown/beautiful flower

Another unknown/beautiful flower

 View from the wisteria portico

View from the wisteria portico

 Black & White of the entranceway

Black & White of the entranceway

My Paris Op-Ed

My Paris Op-Ed

Random Thought Tuesday

Random Thought Tuesday