1 The Halloween pumpkins were sequestered behind the wood pile, which we covered.
2 It looks calm, but it was just getting windy.
3 Thirty mile gusts began whipping branches and leaves.
4 Most of the remaining leaves on the trees were blown off during the storm.
5 I asked my grounds crew to stake and tie any bushes and young trees, which were top heavy, like these standard hornbeams.
6 Happily, the willows were pruned this autumn, otherwise they would have broken and snapped in the storm.
7 My beloved big sycamore was standing strongly before the storm.
8 Another treasured sycamore stood in the eye of the oncoming storm.
9 The leaves were blowing like crazy - the white is the underside of the leaves in the wind.
10 Leaves fell everywhere, obscuring the roads and the drains.
11 Branches started to snap and fall, making any venturing in the woodland foolhardy and dangerous.
12 The little cottage deep in the woods looked safe, but I was not convinced it was.
13 The dawn redwoods (meta sequoias) were buffeted by the winds.
14 As the winds picked up, the tallest trees squeaked, groaned, and broke.
15 The tops of the willows had been trimmed recently. They managed through the storm unscathed.
16 More sequoias bent under duress of 70 mile per hour gusts.
17 I worried about these trees surviving, but only a few snapped.
18 Last year, on October 30th, many of my younger trees broke under the weight of heavy wet snow.
19 The giant white pines, buffeted late in the day, did not survive very well. Two of them snapped!
20 The new growth on the apple trees bent severely under the strength of the wind!
21 The bamboo superstructure for the burlap wrapping had just been installed.
22 The winds played havoc on the trees.
23 The big round hornbeams blew fiercely in the wind!
24 My side door porch was a natural gathering place for blowing leaves.
25 The dogs went out at 9 pm for a final look.
26 I went out about 10 pm when I received a call that the Tenant House had been hit by a giant spruce! You can see it leaning on the house here. The wind was too terrifying to get closer than this.
27 The wind was howling at about 90 mph! Five giant spruces snapped or were uprooted!
28 The top branches of an 85-foot spruce landed on four matched sargent crabapple trees.
29 Believe it or not, there is a crabapple tree under this broken tree top! See the snapped trunk in the rear?
30 Dominic got busy and cut the trunks of trees that were lying across my driveway. He did a great job!
31 The worst damage was caused by this 85-year-old spruce, which was uprooted and fell onto the roof of the Tenant House.
32 The tree fell across the roof and the top snapped off and fell over the roof ridge onto the front portico on the other side of the house.
33 The root ball for such a tree is about 16-feet in diameter and all the shade plants around it were uplifted, as well.
34 A good view of the tree on the roof - It looks benign, but the plaster ceiling cracked and crumbled! The shingles were damaged and we have yet to see what the real structural damage was!
35 This is the front of the house with the snapped off top.
36 About 30-feet of tree top rests upon the portico roof.
37 A yellow magnolia snapped off at ground level. It was a beautiful tree.
38 The protective burlap to prevent cold wind dessication and snow damage was ripped to shreds! It was put up just days too early.
39 The wooden supports just snapped at ground level.
40 The cover on this chimney just blew off, ripped from its bolts.
41 This should never happen.
42 This is what the protective cover looks like on the other chimney.
43 Here is the cover - I found it in the garden.
44 More broken trees - old sugar maples which, obviously, have reached maturity
45 An undamaged sargent crabapple.
46 A giant sugar maple snapped from its trunk and was thrown across the road.
47 One tree can bring down lots of wires and there are so many of them on every pole!
48 The denuded tree trunk
49 Miraculously, the new hoop house survived - no holes, no punctures.
50 The maple woodland was badly damaged - many large trees downed and lots of broken shrubs and small trees, as a result.
51 Another of my big white pines snapped off, breaking several of the antique white spruce rails on the fence.
52 Here is a closer view of the fence and broken rails bordering these old, beautiful trees that are just disappearing from my property.
53 So many trees were uprooted and this kind of devastation is so very hard to clean up. One must cut up the trunk, chip the branches, and then try to deal with the giant root ball.
54 There are so many fallen trees throughout the woodland which, by the way, was just starting to look better after last year's debacle on October 30th.
55 This tree smashed down through the other trees taking two or three more with it.
56 A sad, ancient sugar maple bit the dust.
57 More uprootings in the back woods
58 Two more near the compost field
59 And more
60 The roots are remarkably shallow, but wide.
61 Multiple trees fell like dominoes.
62 Once snapped like this, the tree must be taken down.
63 Two more root balls - what to do with them?? They are eyesores and so difficult to get rid of!
64 All my carriage roads are covered with so much storm debris.
65 More fallen trees - I had many tulip, maple, oak, beech, white pine, and spruce on the property.
66 I have a deer fence around the entire property. Much of it was downed by the falling trees and it needs to be repaired asap because of the invasive deer.
67 It really saddens me so to see so many beautiful trees down like this.
68 More deer fence pulled off the posts - The fencing is now stretched and miss-shaped - not great!
69 Trees down everywhere - no mercy
70 More downed fence
71 And more
72 The small woodland cottage looks as if the roof was pierced by a javelin!
73 How did this happen????
74 Very curious, indeed!
75 A horrible cracked trunk
76 You can see how the deer fencing, which is 8-feet-tall, is rolled down to half the height because of fallen boughs and trees.
77 More of the deer fencing down - The deer fencing is crucial for successfully growing trees and crops, as deer eat so much vegetation.
78 The entire woodland, about half my property, is covered with fallen trees.
79 You can see why this is so hard to deal with - what does one do with such a mess??
80 The fields were looking so nice before the storm. Now they are littered with fallen trees, boughs, and leaves.
81 Looking towards the neighbor to the north, you can see more of my paddock fencing, broken by fallen trees.
82 Even the gateposts were not left unscathed. These antique composite pillar-top finials were cracked.