Wednesday, 6 January 2016

The Sounds of Winter

This morning, Misty and I walked by Dryden Lake which was iced over and splendid in the sunshine.
From time to time, strange moaning sounds emerged from the space around the lake... it was the cracking of ice sheets echoing the entire length and breadth of the place. 



And there were winter photographs everywhere... frozen twigs, a farm above the lake, ice crystals below a water pipe...



Gorgeous winter...
Nicholas


Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Northern Harrier

This morning, a beautiful Northern Harrier came by and sat on our garden fence for a while.
The colder weather seems to have brought it closer to the birds in our garden.
Sensitive to the slightest movement, it flew off just after I had taken these pictures.



Two nights ago we had an ice storm: all night long we could here the ice falling against the siding and windows, and, in the morning, they were covered with a sheet of ice.
Tomorrow, the year turns.
Nicholas

Friday, 25 December 2015

Christmas Moon

Last night and today, we have been blessed with a spectacular full moon!
Hanging over our fields and home it has been a beautiful sight. 


Once again, I am reminded of the astonishing balance between light and darkness...
between horizon and zenith: 
Here at the turning point of the year, this brightness blesses everything.
Nicholas

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Fall sunsets!

We've had some gorgeous sunsets the last few weeks, almost impossible to capture in just a few photographs...



Meanwhile, here is a tribute to the last of the leaves at Dryden Lake a few weeks ago, before the frosts...



Nicholas

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Monarch Season

I spotted a Monarch butterfly feeding at the end of our garden two days ago.. we had planted some Milkweed Aesculapius plants which it finds irresistible.




But, sadly, I've only seen about three or four of these butterflies this year... lets hope the population recovers.
Nicholas

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Fall is here!


This morning I spotted a kettle of hawks soaring over the fields between us and Dryden Lake. They are red-tailed hawks, flapping occasionally, but mostly just soaring round and round above the landscape. There were at least ten birds today.
We have now purchased some additional land to increase the size of our garden. Next year we plan to build a 24 foot labrynth! Pictures to come.
Meanwhile, here are some gorgeous flowers from this season.




The white iris was most unusual at this time of the year! Its delicate petals lasted a full week.
Nicholas

Monday, 13 July 2015

Mid Summer

It is hard to imagine that six months ago the garden and surroundings were buried under at last three feet of hard snow!
But now the garden beds are at their best and it all looks glorious.




We are planning to expand the garden a little soon... pushing out the fencing on the right to create a sanctuary, where, next year, we hope to build a labyrinth!
Nicholas