The Italian Gardens of Biltmore

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The image above was captured using my iPhone 5s, with the panoramic feature of the built in camera. It is of one of my favorite areas of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, the Italian Gardens. Sure, the house is lovely, and I could spend hours walking among the flowers of the other gardens and the conservatory, but it’s the Italian Gardens where I usually find myself fascinated by the water, the reflections the colors, the angles of the walls, the house in the background etc.

Flower in the Italian Gardens

Goldfish Swimming Amongst the Flowers

Italian Garden in Winter

It’s also the kind of place where you just never know what you’re going to see as you walk around the ponds. 😉

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Puddle in Leaf

So if you do make the trip, by all means tour the house, it’s amazing. But don’t forget about the various gardens and everything else the property has to offer for any photographers as well!

All that is left of the shelter house

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The Wildcat Branch Falls wayside used to be home to a nice shelter house that could be used to get out of the weather, but still out of your car as well. The building is long gone, but the chimney and fireplace still remain. Based on the looks of it, I’d say the fireplace is still a popular place to have a camp fire.

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Wildcat Branch Falls

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The Wildcat Branch Falls area was once a wayside for those traveling along US Highway 11 near Table Rock State Park. After being in the car too long, you could stop here, and wade in the pool at the bottom of these falls, or hike further up to a shelter house. This waterfall is right off the road and requires no hiking at all!

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