1 A view of my house from the carriage road below. Bedford Gray against a gray sky.
2 The apple espaliers have lost nearly all of their leaves.
3 The bird feeders hanging from the backside of the carport have many visitors all day long.
4 The birds are very hungry and in fact, the feeders need to be refilled.
5 Gyurme, who is in charge of this job, is on top of the situation.
6 He devised a long pole with a special end hook to reach up and lower the feeders for refilling.
7 Across the carriage road is the espalier of Gravenstein apples and the little corn crib, a relic that was here on the farm when I bought it. It has since been refurbished with new siding and a new roof.
8 A bleak view of the farm
9 The stable complex against the gray sky
10 The bamboo framing is being constructed around all of the boxwood hedging. Burlap will be draped over it and secured to protect the bushes from winter's cold, snow, and ice.
11 Evidence of an earlier cold drizzle
12 The pair of Black Welsh Mountain Sheep are growing thick coats of wool to keep themselves warm for the winter.
13 They also seem to be putting on a bit of weight.
14 I noticed this honey bee trapped on an inside window. I managed to free it to the outside.
15 I hoped that it would find its way back to the hives, which have recently been relocated to this protected area for the winter. They receive sun here for most of the day.
16 These dead bees are drones, male bees that are kept on standby during the summer for mating with a virgin queen. Because they are of no use in the winter, drones are expelled from the hive in the autumn.
17 This is the Japanese maple grove, which just last week was ablaze with color.
18 I actually showed a photo of this tree glowing bright red. Now, nearly all of its leaves have fallen.
19 These are London plane trees, part of an order that arrived to replace some of the trees that were damaged during the freak snowstorm. I'm also expecting some red sunset maples and some weeping ginkgos.
20 This London plane came with a bird's nest!
21 The chickens are laying a good amount of eggs every day. The dark brown ones are from a breed called Marans. The wrinkled egg may have been laid by an old hen or by one that experienced some sort of stress while the egg was forming.
22 They don't seem stressed to me.
23 Such a striking contrast of color
24 This crazy-looking bird is a Polish chicken.
25 This grove of maples displays some bright color against the bleak sky.
26 Once a year, Dominick spreads lime on all of the paddocks and hay fields. He uses the tractor with the spreader attachment.
27 Chhiring helped to fill the hopper with lime.
28 Lime corrects soil acidity and furnishes the important plant nutrients of calcium and magnesium.
29 Dominick chose this day for the application because rain was expected and there was no wind blowing, keeping the lime dust at a minimum.
30 A look through the woods to the still verdant hay field beyond
31 The russet foliage is a grove of dawn redwoods, whose needles turn this color before dropping in the autumn. These trees were pretty badly damaged in the snow storm.
32 All of the weeping willows are nearly bare.
33 Deep in the woods on the carriage road.
34 The little woodland folly looks to lonely in the barren woods.
35 And suddenly, a bright green mossy covered rock!
36 A cold looking landscape with my beautiful sycamore tree
37 Dominick's lumber pile is growing as he continues using his Wood-Mizer portable saw mill. He's cutting some very nice wooden stakes for use around the property.
38 This is a pile of chipped wood from all of the storm damage. You can see how steam is rising out of the top, as the pile 'cooks' with decomposition.
39 Up at the contemporary house - more storm damage yet to be cleaned up. This is an old apple tree pulled right out of the ground by the weight of the snow.
40 This pleasant offering of autumn color is from small sticker bushes that grow along the stonewalls.
41 Another cold looking landscape
42 The long carriage road out of the woods leading to the stable
43 A very cold looking stream
44 And another
45 A view through the woods towards the pinetum and the equipment barn beyond
46 The bald cypress, also badly storm damaged, are dropping their foliage.