1 The snow started coming down early in the morning, and it continued to snow pretty hard all day long. This is the view from the back doors of the Equipment Barn, where all the farm vehicles and machinery are stored.
2 Behind the Equipment Barn is my pinetum - an arboretum of pine trees, and other conifers, I began planting about 10-years ago.
3 I've planted many different evergreens here. Situated on a hillside, all the specimens continue to do extremely well in this location.
4 Most of the collection includes various types of pine trees, spruce trees and fir trees.
5 On this side of the Equipment Barn is the break room, where my outdoor grounds crew enjoys their lunches. On top of the Equipment Barn are antique finials I purchased years ago - they always draw lots of attention.
6 The Pin Oak Allee is another eye-catching stop during tours of my farm. I planted these nearly 10-years ago, and they are doing excellently. Pin oaks are very beautiful with the upper branches pointing upwards, the middle branches growing perpendicular to the trunk, and the lower branches drooping down.
7 Visibility became poor pretty quickly. It's hard to see across the fields.
8 This is the long party lawn between the southeast paddock and my clematis pergola - it's a wonderful spot for a game of croquet. On the left is the Rose of Sharon border and on the right, six weeping hornbeams.
9 A fresh blanket of snow covered the area between the blueberry bushes and the row of quince trees.
10 Here, you can see how heavily the snow came down.
11 The carriage road can't be seen at all - stakes indicate where the road ends and where the lawn begins.
12 The snow drifts on the side of the citrus greenhouse build up and thankfully, slide off.
13 Here's a view from the deck of the Contemporary House looking down across the lower hayfield - what a beautiful sight.
14 These are the compost piles buried under a layer of snow. This organic material is what remains of hundreds of ground up tree trunks, roots, and branches. A big tub grinder does the heavy chore of grinding fallen and dead trees into a rich, dark 'black gold' compost we use to top dress all the beds and tree pits.
15 A view looking up with all the snow falling down. We're expected to receive another several inches of white powder from this storm system, with intermittent snow showers throughout the week.
16 Even in the woodlands, we always stake all the young trees, to give them extra support as they grow.
17 A row of Macular pomifera saplings, better known as Osage orange trees. I have a small number of these trees that are more mature and bear fruit, but we planted about 300-saplings a few years ago.
18 Its branches are armed with stout, straight spines. Before the invention of barbed wire in the 1880s, hedges were constructed by planting young Osage orange trees closely together.
19 Here's Dominic transporting big logs to the back field, where they will later be milled into usable planks or stakes for future projects.
20 These young locust tree saplings look good. I like to stake young trees in early winter after the leaves have fallen, but before the ground freezes. Then, they are tied carefully to the saplings using jute twine.
21 The trees provide great places for birds to perch and to wait out the storm.
22 The beautifully pruned Linden Allee - so beautiful with the snow just building on their branches.
23 The peafowl didn't want to come out of their cozy warm coop, but they'll be out soon - they handle the weather pretty well.
24 The bare red horse-chestnut - one of two that stand at one end of the Boxwood Allee. In spring, it will hold a multitude of pink to bright scarlet blooms.
25 Here are my stable manager, Betsy Perreten, and my dear Friesian, Rinze, just back from a winter stroll.
26 Rinze's braided mane has collected a bit of snow during the walk.
27 A view of my snow-capped roof on the Winter House.
28 Billie, Rufus and Clive, my three Sicilian donkeys. They don't always like the snow, but they love greeting visitors at their paddock.
29 Here comes Dominic - this time in the plow.
30 In the sunken garden behind the Summer House, snow covered the burlap tee-pees, but the untouched boxwood are tucked carefully underneath.
31 The 10-foot tall American boxwood is wrapped with plastic netting to protect and support it during these harsh snow storms. American boxwood doesn't really need burlap coverings. It is strong enough to withstand harsher weather conditions better than the English variety.
32 One of my enormous iron sugar kettles. These huge vessels are very versatile - they make very useful and effective fire pits, as long as the wood used for the fire isn't wet with snow.
33 Less than an hour later, the antique finials are barely visible on top of the Equipment Barn.
34 A favorite view between paddocks, showing the old corncrib on the right.
35 An old apple tree with propped up limbs - a good thing in case heavy snow weighs them down.
36 The bird feeders are busy all day long with many hungry customers. Most of the birds on the ground are Dark-eyed juncos, plump little American sparrows that can be found over much of the continent, especially during winter.