Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my friends and followers. Wishing you peace, happiness, and all the best in 2019!
This is the trail that enters our woodlot. Bordered by ancient stone walls, during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries it was the coach road that connected the small towns of Greenfield and Francestown, New Hampshire. In the mid 1800's there wouldn't have been any trees here as land was cleared on both sides of the road for pasture during the Merino sheep craze that swept through New England at the time.
There was just some light snow last night and this morning but these powder coatings usually make for the best winter snow photos.
After the record-breaking cold of Thanksgiving day, it has been several days of fog and rain here in our corner of New Hampshire which is slowly melting away the snow.
Temperatures took a real nose dive here over the Thanksgiving holiday but everyone stayed warm and cozy by the fire and enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving feast. I hope you also had a wonderful holiday spent with family and friends.
It was the first snow of the season yesterday but, unfortunately, I didn't have the chance to take many photos. I had not finished putting up the winter deer fence and, as bad luck would have it, about three or four deer descended on the garden Thursday night. Sigh. We finished the fence today and so hopefully things are now tightly sealed off and secure
This Angelica gigas has given up its purple summer color but is still beautiful. Many umbellifers, like Angelica, continue to provide interest in the garden if left standing through the autumn and into winter.
If the cold and snowy weather outside is not conducive for spring flowers, you need to buy a bunch and bring them into the studio to photograph.Read More
If you look past the more beastly aspects of a winter ice storm, you'll find great beauty in the landscape and garden.Read More
We already had a fair amount of snow on the ground here at Juniper Hill even before they predicted yesterday's "bomb cyclone." I think just naming the storm a "bomb cyclone" scared a lot of people into thinking that this was going to be something more than just a good ol' fashion noreaster. It wasn't.Read More
It was great fun working with writer Roberta Hershon and the team at Design New England Magazine on the feature on Juniper Hill that just appeared in their January/February issue. The magazine is available on newsstands now or you can check out an on-line version below. Thanks, Design New England!
Crikey, it's cold out there! Old Man Winter was really scratching at the window panes last night. By morning the temperature had dropped to -14 F and has only made its way to a meager 9 degrees today at noon. Quite the cold spell, even for us here in southern New Hampshire! I'm looking forward to a bit of a warmup tomorrow when it's to top out at around 25 degrees. But that little bit of a break is to be followed by more snow on Thursday.
For the above image, I used my iPhone to capture a photo of the frost on one of our window panes yesterday morning and then used Photoshop to layer in Winter Warlock who, if you're as old as me, you might remember from Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Keenan Wynn did the voice for Winter Warlock whose cold heart was melted when Kris Kringle gave him a toy train. Let it be known that I'm willing to go out and purchase a few toy trains if that's what it really takes to break this latest winter freeze!
I have walked by this clump of Yews many times but the late afternoon light, a beautiful winter sky, and a light snow cover gave it an entirely new look and appeal.Read More
It’s time to put on the waders and go out and harvest some winterberries for those holiday decorations. Winterberry is actually Ilex verticillata, a deciduous holly that’s native to eastern North America. It prefers to grow along ponds and streams or in wet, swampy areas, thus usually necessitating the waders, or some kind of waterproof footwear, if you plan to make your day of harvesting the least bit enjoyable. We have plenty of good winterberry habitat here in New Hampshire, so finding enough of the berries to brighten up the holidays is never a problem.
The light snowfall we had on Tuesday presented an entirely different "winter look" to the red barn, with the Japanese Maples and Dogwood still holding onto their leaves. All of the leaves will soon drop to the ground and, except for the bright red of the barn, this view will appear much more like a black and white image.
I love these first, early snows when there is still a little plant color around to liven up the scene. The red ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese Maple still has its leaves and even the Tina Sargent crabapples are still hanging onto a few yellow and orange autumn leaves.
Even with little snow this year, there were still many other interesting things worth capturing on camera and this winter I was particularly captivated by the variety of colors and textures in the bark of trees that are scattered throughout, and around, the garden.Read More
Having a red New England barn serve as the background always adds a festive feel to a photo of the winter garden.