1 On this particular afternoon last week, the skies, looking east, suddenly became quite dramatic, casting a wonderful glow across the farm. This is my 'great lawn' with the giant cast iron fire pot.
2 In certain light situations, the mottled exfoliating bark of the American sycamore tree looks bright white, like this old beauty with its outstretched limbs.
3 So does the roof and finials of the equipment shed.
4 The allee of pin oak looks great against this painterly gray sky.
5 Turning 180-degrees - the sky is blue and the stable is aglow.
6 The glossy dark green leaves of the pin oak turn russet, bronze, or red in the autumn and stay on the tree for quite awhile.
7 Another look at the sycamore, which, by the way, lost another big limb in the late October snowstorm. The trees in the foreground are red maple, which put on a great fall display.
8 The wetlands and the hayfield beyond
9 A vibrant yellow maple
10 Looking towards my house with the russet feathery foliage of the bald cypress grove. Those trees, by the way, were also quite beaten up by the snowfall.
11 We've been decorating the house for Thanksgiving. I love how pumpkins and gourds look all lined up along the wall near the driveway.
12 And also upon the cast iron tree attached to the side of the house.
13 My friend, Ralph Robbins, from SavATree, http://www.savatree.com/ drove around the farm assessing the storm damage. Tying green tape around a tree indicates that there is some pruning to be done.
14 This tall maple, for example, has a hanging broken branch, which can be hazardous, when it eventually crashes to earth.
15 He also took a good look at the two Chinese elms by the summer house, which really took the brunt of the heavy snow.
16 He felt that this one could benefit with a good pruning.
17 However, he was uncertain if pruning would benefit this one.
18 The giant ginkgo biloba will need, yet another limb removed.
19 The ginkgo drops its leaves and fruit in the autumn. The flesh of the plum-like fruit smells unpleasantly pungent, but the starchy nuts inside are used extensively in Asian cooking.
20 On another recent day, Ralph conducted a class at my Maple Avenue house to a group of arborists from surrounding SavATree locations.
21 Ralph played the role of the home owner, while Tom, the arborist, pointed out landscaping issues and what should be done to improve things around the house.
22 Tom suggested that these river birch be feather pruned to allow for more light on the ground.
23 This sugar maple could use open pruning to get the branches away from the roof.
24 The class took notes about what was being discussed.
25 After the role playing, the group was required to work up their own list of suggestions and estimates.
26 This valuable sargent hemlock was badly damaged in the storm and needs heavy pruning.
27 And this crabapple also needs heavy pruning to keep it off the roof.
28 The tree is laden with fruit.
29 When this part of the class was over, the group returned to the SavATree office where the students' estimates were turned into a PowerPoint presentation for critique.
30 Yesterday, SavATree was back at the farm pruning for real. This area was once all beautiful yellow magnolias and golden rain trees. So much has been removed.
31 You can see the newly pruned, badly damaged Chinese elm.
32 The crew was pruning the other Chinese elm. I still haven't decided what to do about these trees.
33 Meanwhile, Chhewang was pounding wooden stakes along the roadways using a special pounding tool.
34 This tool fits over the stakes and pounds down without splitting the end as a mallet may.
35 The Japanese maple grove has finally become colorful.
36 Acer Palmatum 'Garnet'
37 Acer Palmatum 'Winter Flame'
38 A view through the grove and the new greenhouse
39 Acer Palmatum 'Karasugawa'
40 Acer Palmatum 'Asaka Suki'
41 Carlos and I decided that the bee hives should be moved to this sheltered location where they will be out of the wind and warmed by the sun for most of the day during the winter. Two were already moved into position.
42 To move the hive, Carlos first secured it with locking straps.
43 It was late afternoon and most of the bees were back in the hive. He used a grass plug to close the hive entrance, keeping the bees inside.
44 Fernando assisted him in lifting the heavy hive onto the back of the Kawasaki.
45 All set to go!
46 Carefully unloading
47 Getting the hive into position