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

Monday, 5 January 2015

Fierce Light

The New Year has got off to a fierce start with raging winds coming in on an Alberta Clipper.
The light the evening before was spectacular as if it was some sort of compensation for the gales to come.




Now, temperatures have dropped by about 30 degrees and snow flurries are expected.
The field behind our house has become a sea of brown stubs over which the red tailed hawk and harrier fly, swooping down on unsuspecting mice and voles. It is a perfect habitat for them all.
Nicholas

Sunday, 28 December 2014

The Turn of the Year

Now, as the end beckons, it is the greyest time of the year.
But there is still a stark beauty in the forms of trees, hills and fields that we can see from the house.
The Red Tailed Hawk is busy... swooping over the big field every day and we can easily see the flash of its white and red as it flies.
Sometimes it seems as if the greens of spring will never return, but we know the earth lies dormant, simply waiting.
Nicholas


Friday, 12 December 2014

Ice and Snow...

The other morning, before the big snow dump came, we walked in the field behind the house and were met with some spectacular ice crystals tucked away in small depressions amongst the grasses...



Today, though, the field is foot deep in snow, which makes walking difficult.
We hope to try out snow shoes sometime.
Mourning doves sit huddled in the cherry tree at the back of the house, puffed up against the cold and our resident crows sit perched at the tip of the tree, scanning the horizon like sentries.
Nicholas