February 6, 2014
Snow - The Next Chapter
I wanted to share with all of you one more blog about snow. Yesterday's accumulation was nearly a foot, but then it turned to rain, making the snowfall wet and heavy - the worst kind for clearing!
1 The latest snowfall at the farm appeared quite blue. This phenomenon occurs because light has different wavelengths that we perceive as colors. Blue light is the light that goes through ice crystals most readily. This is also why the sea and the sky look blue.
2 A panorama of one of the hay fields and the beautiful sycamore tree
3 With snow on the ground, certain tree branches really stand out with color. You can see red maple trees and orange larch beyond.
4 Wet snow is very heavy and can cause tree limbs to break. When that happens, many power lines can also be broken.
5 Another shot of those red maples
6 The wild turkeys were foraging for food.
7 And so was this little nuthatch.
8 Nuthatches have an appetite for insects and large, meaty seeds. Their name comes from the bird's habit of cramming seeds and nuts into tree bark, then cracking them with their piercing bill, hatching out the seed from inside.
9 Here's another fine example of why I firmly believe in covering shrubs with burlap.
10 The snow keeps on piling up!
11 Looking towards the peony garden and dreaming of spring
12 This is an entrance into the boxwood enclosed garden behind the summer house. This American boxwood is protected from snow accumulation with plastic netting, keeping branches from splaying.
13 This is the terrace of the summer house.
14 You may recall that this formal garden has been planted with many small boxwood, lily bulbs, and allium bulbs. Can't wait for spring!
15 These small trees are ginkgo biloba and so is the giant tall one at the rear.
16 This structure is a faux bois gazebo, which probably should have been put in storage for the winter.
17 Looking back towards the summer house
18 A view of the farm
19 Another view
20 A large Korean lilac standard all safe and sound
21 The corn crib and beyond
22 Wonderful form of an old apple tree
23 The wisteria transplants look like creatures from a haunted forest.
24 The little grove of fastigiate (upward growing) oak near the greenhouse
25 The main greenhouse - I sure hope that heavy show melts and falls off soon. Heavy snow isn't good for glass roofs.