It’s an annual tradition for me to spend some time at Biltmore Estate for their Biltmore Blooms season. I knew I was a tad early for most of the blooms, but I couldn’t resist wandering the grounds on a recent warm morning. I could see the recent freeze had claimed some buds on the flowering trees, but was relieved to see that not all was lost and more blooms were making their way out.
As an annual passholder I have an advantage of entering the grounds 30 minutes before the official opening time. It’s a nice time to walk a bit of the grounds without the crowds. This morning I was mostly by myself except for the grounds crew who were in maintenance mode. It was really quite lovely walking around with the quiet only being interrupted by the low buzz of lawnmowers and weed-eaters.
I started in the gardens with the famous tulips. Thanks to the 24-hour watch from Biltmore employees and space heaters during the freeze, the tulips are blooming beautifully as usual. Since most of the other plants haven’t bloomed yet in the gardens, I wandered up to the house. Some flowering trees were blooming and the fish in the koi ponds were enjoying their swim.
After wandering around the house area, I headed back to the garden and conservatory. I switched lenses at this point to try some creative focus with a Lensbaby Edge 80 lens. I’m still working on mastering this lens. 😉
Arriving back to the gardens, I entered the conservatory. No matter what the weather, this greenhouse is always filled with amazing beautiful blooms. I switched lenses again to a macro lens to get a few close up images along with the other images.
I must return in a couple more weeks. If the warm weather continues I can only imagine how the estate will be awash in glorious spring colors.
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