February 4, 2014
More Snow Fall And More Snow Photos!
The recent Polar vortex was brutally cold and lasted far too many days. This past weekend, the temperatures were in the 40ºsF and a lot of the ice and snow was able to melt. Then, yesterday morning, it started to snow again! Here are more snowy pictures of the farm.
1 This is a view of a stately maple tree with my house in the distance.
2 The paddock fencing is quite lovely iced with snow.
3 Another view of my home across a snowy paddock
4 This is the pin oak allee. All of the drives are marked with wooden stakes for plowing purposes.
5 This is the boxwood allee leading to the stable. With warmer temperatures this past weekend, all of the snow on the burlap covers had melted.
6 This is a heavy, wet snow and all the burlap coverings are really being put to the test this winter!
7 A beech tree still with leaves.
8 Looking at the grove of beech trees.
9 Beech trees are slow-growing and can live for three hundred to four hundred years, reaching heights of eighty feet or more.
10 This is a stand of white pine trees, which happen to be the tallest trees in eastern North America.
11 Being pine, they're also a soft wood tree and last year's Hurricane Sandy knocked down far too many in her path. Thankfully these were spared. Others on the farm were not.
12 An alley between paddocks and another stand of white pine
13 Looking back in the other direction, the alley leads up to my house.
14 Speaking of snow plowing - This is Dominic, who is in charge of plowing the farm roads.
15 Whenever it snows enough to plow, Dominic attaches the plow to the John Deere and begins the task of clearing the roads.
16 The road through the allee of lindens has yet to be cleared.
17 The linden branches with snow
18 The tropical greenhouse is a toasty 80ºF inside.
19 These are hydrangea bushes with literal snowball blooms!
20 Approaching the chicken coops - This is the stone yard where extra stone used on the farm is stored, such as slate roofing tiles and Belgium block.
21 These hens are braving the cold.
22 While many others are huddled indoors beneath the heat lamps.
23 The pair of Pomeranian geese don't mind the snow.
24 One of my prized sycamore trees
25 The tinge of color in the landscape are bare weeping willow trees.
26 Heading back
27 These are the six wisteria transplanted last autumn from my gardens in East Hampton. In the spring, a new pergola will be built to support these old vines.