January 4, 2011
My Post Blizzard Photos
By now, you’ve all probably heard about the blizzard of 2010 that recently howled across the northeastern part of the United States, crippling road, rail, and air travel during one of the busiest travel periods of the year. By definition, a blizzard is a severe storm, bringing with it low temperatures, strong winds in excess of 35-miles per hour, and often heavy snow. I was supposed to begin my St. Barts vacation on the Sunday following Christmas, but like so many frustrated travelers, my flight was cancelled and I remained at home until Monday, when another flight was scheduled. I must admit that sitting out the storm, with its raging winds, was rather unnerving and I was greatly relieved on Monday morning when conditions had calmed down considerably. I managed a drive around the farm to check on things before heading to the airport.
1 The gale-force winds caused the snow to drift against my carport. The snow-blower was put to use.
2 The drift was approximately 4-feet high.
3 Dominick made a path so that I could access the Kawasaki and take a tour around the property.
4 The snow made interesting ripple patterns on the metal roof of the carport.
5 One of several Christmas trees set up for the holidays. They really looked great covered with snow.
6 It was interesting to see where drifting occurred. It collected on one side of this paddock fencing with grass still visible on the other side.
7 The grounds crew just recently completed wrapping the allee of boxwood in burlap, which leads to the stable.
8 A view from the allee looking towards my house
9 Another view
10 Inching closer to the stable
11 The stable courtyard was blanketed with considerable snow.
12 The door to the stable office certainly needed shoveling.
13 The snow really drifted between buildings.
14 I wanted to visit the horses and make sure they were happy. Meindert appeared to be.
15 Ramone and Sasa, as well.
16 Because the gates leading to the paddocks had yet to be cleared, the horses were kept indoors for a longer stretch of time than they were used to.
17 Hello, beautiful Rutger!
18 Be patient, Rinze. You'll be outdoors soon enough.
19 Venturing back outside, I noticed a patch of blue sky.
20 After all of the high winds and snowfall, I must say that the blue sky was a comfort.
21 Looking down towards the chicken coops - you can see their four snow-covered roofs.
22 Another view
23 A glimpse through the woods
24 This is the hay barn with the cold house behind it.