1 The snow started coming down quite hard around mid-day last Friday.
2 A pair of crows surveyed the snowy scene.
3 Rutger looking very handsome out in the snow
4 Rutger, Rinze, and Meindert
5 Another great shot of Rutger
6 Rinze tasting the snow
7 This is the horse run-in shed. The yellow of the weeping willow trees promises that spring isn't too far off in the future.
8 A view of my house from the stable area
9 Looking down the burlap-covered boxwood allee from the stable
10 The four snow-covered roofs of the chicken coops and the tall, feathery stand of white pines
11 Passing through the allee of linden
12 The allee of linden leads to the road through the maple grove.
13 Approaching the chicken yard and coops
14 Inside the fenced in area, the yard was quite deserted.
15 The sliding doors to the hen houses were ajar, but there were very few fowl outside.
16 Most of the chickens and Guinea fowl preferred indoors, huddling beneath the heat lamps.
17 But the Pomeranian geese didn't seem to mind the accumulating snow.
18 Nor did this Porcelain Belgian Bearded d'Uccle Bantam.
19 This breed of bantam chicken originated from the town of Uccle on the outskirts of Brussels, Belgium. It is frequently referred to as the Mille Fleur in the U.S. and lays cream colored eggs.
20 From the coops, this is the view looking towards the stable. The pile in the foreground is the stone yard, where surplus stone used around the farm is kept.
21 This is the heated greenhouse where most of the tropical collection spends the winter. It's like a rain forest inside and the plants are thriving.
22 This is the trailer used for mucking out the stables.
23 These little crab apples are still clinging to their branches.
24 A small grove of cherry and redbud trees
25 Another view of my home
26 A couple of recently pruned apple trees - Their shapes are so pleasing to the eye.
27 The newly pruned Gravenstein apple espalier
28 The little corn crib is another wonderful subject to photograph.
29 This weeping beech is beautiful when covered with its copper leaves, but I also love its structure in the winter.
30 The long pergola in the increasing snow
31 The stand of bald cypress across the drive from the long pergola
32 The long drive through the allee of pin oak
33 This adorable bird is a dark-eyed junco, which is very abundant here in the Northeast during the winter months.
34 Juncos are easy to recognize by their crisp (though extremely variable) markings and by their bright, white underbellies.
35 A great shot of a flock of juncos beneath the bird feeders along with two male cardinals and a female cardinal coming in for a landing.
36 With its bright red plumage, the northern cardinal is easily recognizable. The color is key to mating success for this non-migratory songbird - the brighter the better in the female eye.
37 In addition to juncos and cardinals, this menagerie also contains song sparrows.
38 The song sparrow is one of the most familiar North American sparrows and it has such a pleasant song.
39 Juncos are considered to be a harbinger of winter, and many people refer to them as "snowbirds."
40 This pair seems very comfortable in the snowfall.