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Frederick Law Olmsted



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Rustic Oasis
Photograph by Melissa Farlow

Visions of peaceful retreat and quiet recreation inspired Olmsted to create Bass Pond at Asheville, North Carolina's Biltmore Estate, one of his finest and last landscapes. The wealthy George Washington Vanderbilt enlisted Olmsted to transform the estate's original 125,000 acres (50,600 hectares) of over-worked land into grounds as grand as his 250-room French Renaissance château. His response? A stunning natural landscape that made Biltmore the "most distinguished private place, not only of America, but of the world," wrote Olmsted in 1893.

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Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 20-35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/30 @ f/11
Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: Late afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Available light


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