Friday, June 10, 2011

Biltmore Walk - The Bass Pond


The above photo I THINK is of wild grapes?  The colors are not enhanced in anyway - just mother nature at her best!


I see so many natural "frames" while walking along Biltmore.  The following description is from the Biltmore.com website "HERE" - (what to see each month in the gardens).  I printed out the paragraph about the Bass Pond below, but I encourage you to visit their website!


Enjoy the Bass Pond

Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the Bass Pond south of the Azalea Garden was created in 1895 by building a 20–foot–high dam on Four Mile Creek, which enters the valley from the east.  Olmsted paid careful attention to such details as the bottom surface (rock ledge and clay), the depth of the water (sloping from the shores to 20 feet at the dam), the irregular shoreline, the need for two small islands as protected nesting sites for shore birds and waterfowl, and the types of varied vegetation along the shore.  But the most ingenious aspect of the pond is the flume, which was engineered by Olmsted to carry storm waters laden with silt and debris through a brick aqueduct under the pond and out the base of the dam, thus avoiding siltation of the pond.  Renovated in 1990, the flume continues to serve its original function and remains unique to Biltmore.  The lovely curved brick bridge, which you may recognize from a scene in the movie "Last of the Mohicans," and the boat house on the north shore designed by the architect of Biltmore House, Richard Morris Hunt in collaboration with Olmsted, complete this beautiful setting.


These black and white photos I love because somehow it just captures the texture in a unique way...



I submitted the above boat house for "Weekend Reflections".


The bridge was used in a scene from "The Last of the Mohicans" with Daniel Day Lewis.  I didn't have time to walk over to it and take some unique shots, but I will next time.


The above is some Photoshop fun.  Might use this as a guide for a watercolor.   This weekend I plan on posting some of the amazing statues that grace the gardens of Biltmore.

11 comments:

texwisgirl said...

the reflections shots are perfect! gorgeous!

Malyss said...

Beautyful post! I like the colors as well as the subjects!great reflections found, and I liked the movie with Daniel Day-lewis..

Sylvia K said...

A beautiful post indeed with wonderful colors and captures! The boat house and reflections are breathtaking! Hope you have a a lovely weekend! Enjoy!

Sylvia

'Tsuki said...

Nice set of submissions... The kiok is very pretty, well photographied.

Patty Ann said...

Oh, I wish I could go there and just soak it all in. I love your pictures today.

James said...

Great shots! I especially like the bridge and it's reflection!

Dorian Susan said...

I loved seeing these shots. I agree with James...love that bridge reflection. Will have to watch that film, never did.
I too like the black and whites that say something in a different way. Olmstead certainly had vision. How lucky you are to be close to it.

Regina said...

Wow such beautiful scenes and captures!
Thank you for sharing,
Happy weekend reflections.
" Regina "

forgetmenot said...

Lovely shots, as usual! The bridge and reflection are beautiful. Looking forward to more photos from the Biltmore. Have a great Sunday. Mickie :)

Oakland Daily Photo said...

It's amazing how many times Olmsted has been referenced in blogs the last two weeks. A genius.

Ginnie said...

I love the PS fun you had with your last image, Margaret. How delightful!