Thursday, 27 July 2017

Summer closeups

The field behind our house is becoming a sanctuary of wildflowers, dragonflies, deer, birds and so much more.
Using a Nikkor 105mm macro lens here are some close ups...




The summer has been much wetter than usual resulting in luxurious growth in the garden, which looks incredibly different now after four years!


Its hard to believe that six months ago this was all covered in snow!
Nicholas

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Snow Drifts...

After two days non stop snow, we finally have a respite this morning with gorgeous sunshine.
Snow drifts are four or more feet deep and have formed stunning cornices and snow waves...





Winchill is fierce this morning and hands quickly become numb even with gloves on.
Nicholas

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Winter sparkles

Cold air settles in over upstate New York.
But when the sun comes out and, later, sets, we are gifted with extraordinary light.
Here is a glimpse of our dragonfly sculpture....


And here, sunshine on the vanes of our double helix wind sculpture.


And the creek at the foot of our garden...

And, the other evening the sun had gone down but had left a glorious afterimage of blues and turning colors late into a gloaming sky.


Nicholas

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Dryden Lake in winter

Dryden Lake is frozen over again and some intrepid fishermen have been ice fishing. Misty and I spotted them sat around a few bore holes and, alongside flapped a few small fish.
Shadows cast northwards, leaving blue hues scattered about.



Returning to the car, the red barn looked gorgeous in winter light.

Today I used our snow blower for the second time. A snow joe electric two stage blower it made an easy job of clearing our drive!
Nicholas

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Winter Light

Today, we have had windchill temperatures down below zero degrees F, which, I believe is near -20 C. 
But this evening, we were treated to a spectacular sunrise as wintery clouds came by and light to the West was golden.



It is a special time of year this, as the evenings draw longer and the dawn lingers. A time for reflection and recollection.
Nicholas

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Labrynth

Well, yesterday Judy and I created our labyrinth together.   Well actually, Judy did most of the work. She has been longing to do this for 20-30 years, but yesterday her dream came true.
Thankfully our fencing contractor was able to move 2500 lbs of Mexican White Beach Stones down from the road at the front of the house, by using a skid steer... and also moved 45 bags of Red Canadian Cedar Mulch too! It saved us hours of work.

So here are a few sequential photos of work in progress until its completion.
We began with a template membrane which we stapled to the ground in strategic places and then placed the rocks on the lines.... lifting 50lb bags of stones at a time!
Then placed the Red Cedar mulch between the lines... gorgeous scent and soft under foot.







And now today, of course, we have 5 inches of snow covering everything!
Misty's orange tennis ball was carefully placed by her last thing...
Nicholas

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Supermoon....

On Sunday night I spotted the supermoon coming up slowly in the East as I was driving back with Misty from the Pet Playhouse near Caroline.. It was bright enough to shine through the skeletal shapes of the trees on the hills.
Later I photographed it high in the sky above us...


A few days earlier we had a gorgeous sunrise which lit up the last of the fall colors like a beacon.

Judy has planted about 40 garlic bulbs which, all things being equal will provide us with a splendid resource next year.
Tomorrow our additional garden fencing is to be set which will allow us to build our labyrinth in the annex. 45 bags of white Mexican beach stones are on their way across the country from Washington state and will arrive next week.
Nicholas