This is still my fist morning exercise which started at 7 a.m. I returned to the Inn and woke up the teenage girls and we breakfasted on the restaurant's patio with the misty Pisgah National Forest in view. George Vanderbilt (owner of Biltmore) was the grandson of a railroad baron. HERE is a summary which I think does a nice job describing this very interesting man. Frederick Law Olmsted, (click on last name for an interesting review) known for his landscape design of New York's Central Park, transformed the area into pastoral views and natural looking woodlands. It is my understanding that much of this area was clear-cut due to lumbering and that what we see today is Olmsted's last masterpiece.
This rooster was quite upset that I was looking at his hens. His head would pop up, he would "Cock a Doodle Do" at me and then dip his head under. Once I had my face right up to the screen and he popped his head up and we were literally eye to eye. That really got him to fluff his feathers! I can tell you, I was quite glad there was a screen between us.
... and the wine IS lovely! Especially when relaxing in a hot tub... :)
Does anyone know what kind of bird this is? I see them around NC all the time. I love their long tail feathers.