1 My dear house manager, Cheryl du Long, took these photos at my home in Maine. Skylands is always beautiful, but in the glistening, deep snow it is even more magical.
2 Because there have been more than seven feet of the white stuff, many of the paths and terraces and roads have been left untouched. Looking at the Western terrace, one wonders how much snow we will actually get this winter.
3 All the roads are illuminated with old-fashioned, 1925 lanterns—even the lights are capped with snow that refuses to melt, blow away or fall!
4 The trees are laden with snow, and the pines and spruce look lovely. A cold winter is good for the woodland, but hard on the humans.
5 The snow has found an unusual place on which to "roost." This clematis trellis on the carriage house is topped with snow, and the base is buried about four feet with snow.
6 The lattice-fenced vegetable/flower garden is really buried—but again, this intense cold is good for insect control.
7 The drifts are seven and eight feet tall, Cheryl tells me.
8 On the left, you can see Cadillac Mountain, the tallest mountain on Mt. Desert Island.
9 When I was a child, drifts like this one were quickly turned into igloos and huts.
10 I just hope the snow does not topple any of the lattice fencing.
11 The stone lookout on Ox Ledge is inaccessible without snowshoes or cross-country skis.
12 Down by the harbor, the fresh-water fountain is still running.
13 The bronze seal head fountain is the symbol of Seal Harbor.
14 The snow has accumulated all the way to the harbors and ponds on the island. Acadia National Park has many peaks—all of them are snowy and windy and cold this winter. Not great for hiking.
15 My small greenhouse is luckily free of snow on the roof, but buried deep on the side.The lilac bushes look cold.
16 My grounds crew plows the road in a single car width only—we are careful not to destroy the moss edges of the roads. The temporary fencing is installed to keep errant deer from munching on the tender shrubs.
17 We keep a snow cover on the roads—to plow to the gravel drive often causes icing and erosion.
18 The bronze planters are also very snow covered—any pots left outdoors are covered on top so snow does not get inside the vessels.
19 Mike is on the bedroom terrace shoveling the latest snow off the roof. The snow is like thick, creamy icing—and very, very heavy.
20 The guys cut the snow into big squares and throw it off the roof onto the woodland below. I hope it doesn't break any small trees.
21 This much snow on the bedroom terrace, which is above the dining room—not good!!!!
22 The view is amazing from Bedroom Number 1—but this much snow weighs so much! Shovel, shovel, shovel!
23 Blake looks great in his snow suit. He also looks frustrated by the amount of snow—and more was expected!
24 Blake and Mike actually look very healthy—and strong. The sea in the distance is dotted with some of the many Maine islands: Cranberry, Sutton's, Long Island, Baker's Island.
25 Even Gretchen got into the act. She looks like she is having fun, but we all know how much work a harsh, long winter is.