1 This is a view of Terrace-One taken yesterday. Seal Harbor can be seen through the trees.
2 This is is a closer view of Seal Harbor from the upper terrace. Sutton Island is in the distance - a small, private island south of where I am on Mount Desert.
3 This is my large terrace looking towards the dining room, with Terrace-One above. To protect the heavy urns from the winter elements, they are covered with these plywood boxes.
4 These stairs descend from the main house, and lead to the path that goes to the Guest House and Playhouse. On the ledge, more urns covered with gray painted boxes.
5 Here is a giant urn.
6 This is the entrance to the movie and yoga room.
7 Inside, a beautiful cactus in a faux bois planter located in the Living Hall.
8 This view looks up to the West Terrace.
9 During summer, I enjoy many lunches on the West Terrace - I'm looking forward to the warmer season already!
10 Under the plywood box is a long planter carved from a single block of granite. I purchased it from Trade Secrets in 2013. Last summer, Mike, my gardener at Skylands, planted it with yellow and green variegated agaves.
11 The "cracked ice" on my terrace floor is covered in moss.
12 However, just a couple weeks ago, it was covered in snow. This is a view of a portion of the back terrace which, on a sunny day, overlooks the sea and Seal Harbor.
13 From the back porch, you can see the ocean. Thrumcap Island can be seen through the branches.
14 This is just out my front door at Skylands - the circular driveway is underneath the coating of snow. The Skylands spruce trees are surrounded by netting to protect them from hungry deer.
15 These are the icicles seen from my Map Room window. This snow was from the first big storm of the season. Temperatures were in the 20s.
16 Here's a snow covered pergola on the West Terrace with kiwi vines on top.
17 And, here are those kiwi vines on top of the pergola.
18 Another look at the blanket of snow covering the West Terrace. The glass tables that are usually here in warmer weather are stored away for the season.
19 It's a pretty view from inside the living room looking through the leaded window.
20 The giant copper urn in the woods is also capped with snow.
21 Here's a look at the council circle and fire pit, where in the summer, we roast marshmallows and tell ghost stories.
22 At least five or six-inches fell on Skylands during this storm. The planters and table are all covered in white.
23 This image was take from my back porch - after the rocks is a natural pool.
24 If you look closely, you can see beautiful reflections in these dining room storm windows.
25 Looking out from the dining room window is another view of the large terrace. The thick kiwi vines, Actinidia, tolerate a lot of different light conditions, but more exposure to sun brings out better colors in the leaves.
26 Beyond the terrace and through the trees, catch the small glimpse of Sutton's Island.
27 Underneath this box cover is an ancient English stone trough. I planted it last summer with uniquely shaped succulents called Echeveria.
28 And, Aristide Maillol's 'La Riviere' is all tucked away for the winter in her glass and copper house. Burlap is covering tree peonies transplanted from another spot last year.
29 These steps lead up to the landing where 'La Riviere' is "resting". Continue up and to the right, and you'll end up on my large terrace.
30 A beautiful view from the laundry room
31 This is the snow covered Seal Harbor Beach.
32 The floats are pulled out of the water and placed high on the beach for winter.
33 Here's a view looking across harbor - the color of the water is a beautiful rich blue.
34 Here's a closeup of the evergreens across the harbor - it is not often so much snow sticks to the tree branches. They look so stunning.
35 Another view of the beach from the town dock.
36 It's high tide in this photo - buoys can be seen on the water leading to Thrumcap Island.
37 A winter view from the town dock.
38 This is the Seal Harbor Village Green. During the holiday season, this tree is lit to commemorate all the residents who died during the year.
39 This is a male pileated woodpecker, one of the biggest most striking birds with its bold white stripes down his neck and its flaming red crest. Males are the ones with the red patch on their cheeks.
40 Pileated woodpeckers whack at dead trees and fallen logs in search of carpenter ants, leaving unique rectangular holes in the wood.
41 Here's a beautiful cardinal, a passerine bird found in North and South America. It is also known as a cardinal-grosbeak and cardinal-bunting.
42 A view of the water from Cooksey Drive. You can see Bunker's Ledge and Bakers Island.
43 This is the Jordan Pond Road carriage road bridge originally built in 1920.
44 Standing on lawn of Jordan Pond House in Acadia National Park, it's easy to see the majestic Bubbles.
45 Usually, many people can be seen ice fishing in this pond, but this year - there's hardly any ice on the pond. If you look closely, there is just a thin layer of ice out there. Maybe next year...