Thursday, October 28, 2010

and still more biltmore

If you click on the individual photos you'll see just how much texture and color is in each one. The veins of the leaves, individual flowers, the background and understory plantings, and even the conservatory structure itself created layers of visual interest. That these things actually grow out in the world as native plantings is miraculous to me.

I think my favorite photo in this batch is the last one, which gives a sense of the size and scope of the conservatory. Everywhere I looked there were lines and textures and light that shifted depending on where I stood or what room I walked into. I've really never been in such a stimulating environment - and yet it was mostly quiet - the various sounds of fans and misters and windows opening and closing weren't a constant - but almost like a clock marking this very special kind of time.

I left thinking I would absolutely love to have a place like this at home. If you've seen the movie Green Card, think of that penthouse apartment with the rooms like this, and the rooftop garden. I wonder just how much time it takes to maintain this place?


Enchanted Forrest said...

I love your inspiring and evocative photos and description of the mood of the place. I toured the estate several years ago but never made it to the conservatory. It's definitely on my to-do list now!

Grey Horse Matters said...

Beautiful. I could never have this at home, they would all die, I'm better off visiting places like this instead of trying to recreate.

billie said...

Thanks, Sue. You would have material for your kaleidoscope images for the next few years! I highly recommend it if you travel to that area.

billie said...

Arlene, I know what you mean. I would be devastated if anything began to look 'off' in any way - it was all so lovely and obviously thriving.