Friday, 29 May 2015

The return of color

Our stand of Iris plants has blossomed, adding gorgeous notes of yellow, orange, purple and bronze to the garden.



As if by way of synchronicity, a Baltimore Oriole flew by and sat in the cherry tree for a while... a stunning display of orange against the sky.


Its fabulous to see color return like this after so many months of white and brown.
Nicholas

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Wild Turkeys

Wild turkeys have been strutting about across the field: the males fanning their feathers like peacocks and the female seeming to ignore them!



The fields and forests are still brown, but there is much promise yet to come in the next few weeks.
Meanwhile, Dryden Lake was still frozen last Sunday morning,  but it won't be for  long!

Nicholas

Friday, 6 March 2015

Winter's Moon

This morning a glorious full moon sank slowly into the West behind some Tamarisk trees.
It was a gorgeous sight, lasting only for a few moments as it slowly disappeared.
The snow pack is gradually changing: this morning a thick crust of iced snow acts as a surprise to dogs and foxes alike. Misty rushed out to bark at a fox that came by the foot of the garden, but luckily the fence kept her in.



Its hard to imagine that in a few weeks time all the snow will have gone...and even harder to imagine the bursts of spring life yet to come.
Nicholas

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Frozen Water

Taughannock Falls at this time year is stunning. The valley was gorgeous in morning light today even though the air temperatures was -6F (-21 C).


At the end of the trail, the falls cascaded down as if suspended in time; icicles everywhere and just a trickle of water showering down in the centre of the ice.


The river itself still flowed of course, but only just visible in places.

I am reminded of the delicate balance between the seasons here. It seems impossible to imagine the burst of spring to come.
Nicholas

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Sunshine after the snow...

We've had well over 8 inches of snow over the last few days...which drifts to deep piles in places, making it very difficult to walk over without snowshoes.
This morning though, the sunshine came back and lit up the fields like a searchlight.






There is a possibility more snow will come tomorrow and Thursday!
Walking the field this morning took about twice as long and four times as much effort.
But our dog Misty loves it... burrowing into the snow to see if she can track mice and rabbits.
Nicholas

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Ice

Ithaca Falls at this time of year is spectacular with ice flows and icicles.



Its always a joy to see this... glowing in morning light, reflecting all sorts of hues.
Standing underneath the icicles was impressive...they must have been twenty feet high!
Nicholas

Monday, 19 January 2015

Glorious Light...

Now as the days are lengthening it is fitting to celebrate the glorious sunset we had a few days ago...
The views as always from our patio are fabulous: Hammond Hill to the South and huge skies overhead...


Today, though, the snow has returned... breezing in on the back of an Alberta Clipper come down from the North.
Nicholas