1 The little electrical shed was pretty in the snow, however there was so much shoveling to be done and it has remained inaccessible.
2 The tenant house, which is what we now call the babies' cottage, was cozy and warm despite the constant snowstorms. The big Sargent crab apple is one of four strong, spreading crab apples in this area of the farm.
3 The little basket shed was also lonely looking in all the snow, but the baskets are safe and sound. Because it is an unheated shed, there are no icicles on the eaves of the roof!
4 The gym garage (my gym is on the second floor) is surrounded with stewartia trees, pear trees, and cypress.
5 The equipment shed is a very large building that houses the tractors and other farm vehicles and all the tools, in addition to the lunch room and bathroom for the groundskeepers. There is enough snow for an igloo - the first such amount in ten years!
6 This is the parking area for the grounds crew. I am constantly fearful that the weight of snow on the glass houses and the plastic hoop houses will break the roofs. So far, so good, but scary! The hay barn on the right is an original building, rebuilt to house furniture and other stuff.
7 The pin oak allee has been a very successful plantin - only ten years old, it has grown well and the trees are sturdy and stately.
8 Pin oaks have one draw back - they retain many of their leaves, dropping them during the winter and spring when they make cleanup difficult.
9 The antique white cedar fencing has held up so well since we built it from recycled Canadian fencing. It is a strong architectural feature for the farm.
10 I personally planted these willow trees about nine years ago - they have grown so fast! They are a wonderful feature planting also, and their coloration - pale green in spring, dark green in summer, and golden yellow in fall - is striking in the landscape.
11 My property has many babbling brooks running through it. There are many coyote footprints leading to these streams, as well as wild turkey, raccoon, and other wildlife.
12 The small golden colored tree is a new weeping willow, one of another long row I planted two years ago. These are great, fast-growing trees that thrive in moist ground and help soak up excess moisture. I like to line the perimeter of wetlands with such trees to help keep the fields dry.
13 More young weeping willows - When young, they need some pruning and shaping. When older, they grow into massive, graceful trees and need only occasional attention.
14 The back road on the farm had been plowed once, but snow after snow filled up the narrow track. Luckily I always put three foot high stakes on both sides of every road to mark the boundaries. We really needed them this year.
15 In some places the stakes are barely visible!
16 New spruce seedlings are weighed down with snow.
17 The Kawasaki makes good tracks for cross country skiers.
18 The road to the compost and manure piles was not plowed when I took this photo.
19 The horse paddocks were too deeply covered for the horses to run in.
20 Another stream almost obscured by the snow
21 The middle field was pristine - no footsteps of any kind! Not even coyotes!
22 Looking towards the horse run in - This field is very, very beautiful covered with snow.
23 The small brown trees are beech trees that also hold their leaves through the winter. When I was growing up, we called these trees "late leaf droppers" and "dirty trees".
24 I am trying to plant fir trees every year - mostly seedlings six to eight inches tall - to help replenish a woodland that was timbered in the sixties and seventies, and then eaten by herds of deer, until I fenced in the farm to help the under story grow again.
25 The sky started to clear during this photography session and the sun peeped out!
26 I passed by more beech trees holding onto their leaves.
27 Carlos was driving when he made the wrong decision to drive right into a snow drift! We were stuck - the dogs, me, Carlos, and sister Laura. Phone calls for help went unanswered for a while.
28 The dogs and I thought it was pretty funny, however I had to get to a television shoot and we were about a mile from the house! I had no mittens and no boots - (the coat is an old fur, which I never wear in public). The hat is a new gift from Rory Evans, one of our crafty editors at the company. Thanks Rory - you saved me!!!
29 Finally, a couple of the guys came with shovels and after some time of digging, I was able to drive out of the snow bank. I took over the wheel - remember, Carlos comes from Colombia and he does not really know snow!
30 I vowed that from now on we take shovels when driving in the snow, in addition to cell phones and boots and gloves!
31 Freed at last to continue our photography expedition!
32 More pristine woodland - I wished I had the time to go cross country skiing!
33 The far field - the only house in my north view is the white house in the distance. It can be seen only in the dead of winter when there are no leaves on the trees.
34 This is the biggest sycamore on the farm and there is a screech owl house attached to it.
35 A better view of the tree, which is the symbol in a woodcut of Cantitoe Farm
36 I love when the snow sticks to the branches of the trees outlining the shapes and convolutions.
37 Ah-ha! This is the photo I was looking for of the signature tree of the farm - the Cantitoe Sycamore.
38 This is a woodblock print inked from the woodblock stamp that I had made of that very tree. It's so detailed and lovely.
39 On the right is a double row of white pines I planted five years ago. They have grown from eight inches to four feet so quickly!
40 Another stream - this one almost frozen over
41 Another golden grove of weeping willows - so beautiful against the snow and blue sky!
42 The chickens are kept warm with heat lamps and electric heaters, but I still feel so sorry that they are exposed to such a prolonged cold spell. It has been sub-freezing for three weeks now, often dipping to single digits.
43 The horses grazing on some flakes of good green hay - Deep crusty snow is bad for horses legs. There have been reports of cut legs and severe injuries. Luckily, our snow is soft enough to permit the horses time outside, where they get quite a workout in the snow.
44 You can see the effort being expended by Rutger moving through almost 20 inches of snow in his paddock - But that keeps him exercised!
45 A cozy view of my house and the donkey shed in the foreground.
46 The three donks are crowded around the hay rack. They eat and eat to distract themselves from the cold.
47 The two "signature" apple trees in the main horse paddock - what a glorious view and fabulous sky!
48 A quintessential view - we should print this photo!